Harmer sends Chelmsford into a frenzy


Essex latest fan favourite, Simon Harmer sent supporters into raptures as he took 9 wickets in the Middlesex second innings with just 4 minutes remaining on Day 4 to secure a fifth win in the Specsavers County Championship.

The match will go down in history a one of Essex’s most exciting and greatest games, and all inside 3 days of play after Day Two was washed out. This was the first time an Essex player has taken 9 wickets in a match since Mark Ilott in 1995 against Northamptonshire at Luton.

The South African off-spinner ended the match with figures of 14 for 172 which sent him to the top of the wicket-taker table, above Hampshire’s Kyle Abbott, on 47 Championship wickets for the season. This was also the fourth time in a row that he has take 5+ wickets in an innings; a truly remarkable achievement.

Day 4 Match Highlights:

Simon Harmer will be in T20 action next week for the opening match of the Essex Eagles’ NatWest T20 Blast campaign against Surrey on Friday 7 July. Tickets for this game are sold out but there is still availability for the other 6 home games, so purchase now to avoid disappointment!