Match Report | Yorkshire v Essex


Yorkshire v Essex | Specsavers County Championship | North Marine Road, Scarborough

Yorkshire Team | Adam Lyth, Alex Lees, Harry Brook, Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Jack Leaning, Tim Bresnan*, Adil Rashid, Andrew Hodd +, Jack Brooks, Ben Coad, Ryan Sidebottom.

Essex Team | Varun Chopra, Nick Browne, Dan Lawrence, Ravi Bopara, Adam Wheater, Ryan ten Doeschate*, James Foster +, Paul Walter, Simon Harmer, Mohammad Amir, Jamie Porter.

Umpires | Robert Bailey & Billy Taylor

Toss | Uncontested, Essex chose to bowl first

Result | Essex won by 8 wickets

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Day Two | Match Highlights:

Day Two | Close of Play Report:

Essex beat Yorkshire by 8 wickets at Scarborough to collect 20 more points from their sixth win of the season in the Specsavers County Championship. The stand-out performances came from Mohammad Amir with 10 wickets in the match and a battling 88 from Ryan ten Doeschate but the remainder of their colleagues all played a valuable support role.

The margin of victory only underlines the dominant and ruthless performance of the title-chasers who dictated this match from the moment that skipper Ryan ten Doeschate opted for an uncontested toss and then saw his bowlers dismiss the home side for 113.

Ten Doeschate then played a captain’s part with a magnificent innings that proved the top-score of the game that earned his side a 118 runs first innings lead after the visitors had added 43 runs to their overnight 188 for 8.

It was new ball pair Amir and Jamie Porter who then stepped up once more as Essex took the game by the scruff of the neck. Pakistan fast bowler took 5 for 54 to end with match figures of 10-72 (a career-best), while Porter returned second innings figures of 4 for 41.

The duo reduced the White Rose county 37 for 6 with both bowling beautifully, Amir bowling with hostility and venom and Porter finding swing to wreck the home side’s innings.

Both Alex Lees and Tim Bresnan completed “pairs” and of the first seven batsmen in the Yorkshire order, only two managed double figures.

Porter started the collapse when he trapped Adam Lyth, who had scored 68 in his first visit to the crease, for a duck with the second delivery of the innings. Not to be outdone, Amir also struck with his second delivery having Lees caught by James Foster.

There was still not a run on the board and only 14 had been accrued when Amir found a delivery that swung back into Tom Kohler-Cadmore who had scored 13.

Porter had Harry Brook picked up by Varun Chopra at slip when the batsman pushed forward before Bresnan and Adil Rashid fell in four Amir deliveries.

Bresnan edged a sharply lifting delivery to Simon Harmer at second slip whilst Rashid hung out his bat at a ball outside off and edged to Foster for the fourth duck of the innings.

There was some resistance from the last four wickets as 113 were added but there was no doubt that the home side were only delaying the inevitable.

Porter pinned Andrew Hodd lbw for 6 with a full-length delivery as the batsman played across the line. Harmer then claimed his 50th first-class wicket of the season when he had Jack Brooks caught at bat/pad by Adam Wheater for 17.

The followed a partnership of 45 between Leaning and Ben Coad during which Leaning reached a 114 ball half-century that embraced 4 fours and 1 six. That alliance was brought to an end by Amir when Coad nicked to second slip and into the safe hands of Harmer having scored 28.

Leaning now decided to hit out freely, twice despatching Porter over the ropes but the bowler was to have the last word when Leaning went for broke once more and once too often.

Instead, he drove to long on where Amir took the catch.

Essex were left requiring only 33 runs for victory and had 26 on the board before Chopra was run out for 13 by Brook from square leg.

Two runs later, Nick Browne skied to mid-off, also for 13, leaving Dan Lawrence (8 not out) to hit the boundary that secured victory.

Day Two | Tea Report:

Essex continued the total domination of this Specsavers County Championship match with Yorkshire at Scarborough when they bowled the home side out for 150 to leave themselves requiring just 33 for victory when they begin the second innings after tea.

Mohammad Amir and Jamie Porter did the damage with Pakistan fast bowler Amir returning 5 for 54 to complete a match haul of 10 for 72 whilst Porter returned second innings figures of 4 for 41.

The White Rose county resumed after lunch on 22 for 3 and their woes continued as they slumped to 37 for 6 within a further 10 overs.

Porter had Harry Brook caught at first slip by Varun Chopra for 9 and having beaten the bat twice in the over, Amir was rewarded when Tim Bresnan edged to Simon Harmer at second slip.

Bresnan thus joined Alex Lees in completing a “pair”. In the next over, Amir grabbed his second wicket in the space of 4 balls when Adil Rashid dabbed outside off and into the gloves of James Foster without score.

The last four wickets added 103 runs with Jack Leaning hitting 70. He and Andrew Hodd posted 19 before Hodd was trapped in front of his stumps by Porter.

Jack Brooks joined Leaning in a stand worth 19 before he succumbed to Harmer who collected his 50th first-class wicket of the campaign.

The highest partnership the innings came between ninth wicket pair Ben Coad and Leaning during which Leaning completed a 114-ball half-century that included a six and 4 fours to ensure that Essex would have to bat again.

Harmer again figured in the next dismissal when he held a catch at second slip to give Amir his tenth wicket of the match to end Coad’s innings of 28 as Yorkshire reached 130 for 9.

With last man Ryan Sidebotom for company, Leaning decided to hit out clubbing a couple of sixes off Porter but the bowler had the last word when he encouraged the batsman to drive to deep long-on where Amir was on hand to take the catch.

Day Two | Lunch Report:

Essex have enjoyed another wonderful morning on Day Two of the Specsavers County Championship match with Yorkshire at Scarborough.

Having carved out a first innings lead of 118 when they were bowled out for 231, the new ball pair of Mohammad Amir and Jamie Porter made early inroads into the home side with three wickets in the first 8 overs.

At the interval, the home side were 22 for 3 still 96 runs behind the top-of-the-table county. Harry Brook Is unbeaten on 4 and Jack Leaning is 5 not out. Mohammad Amir has taken 2 for 11 in 6 overs and Jamie Porter 1 for 9 in 5 overs

The visitors resumed on 188 for 8 adding a further 43 runs before the innings was concluded. Ryan ten Doeschate struck 88 from 130 balls with 12 fours before he was the last wicket to fall.

However there was a moment of anxiety for the visitors when Amir, resuming his ninth wicket stand with ten Doeschate, collided with Ryan Sidebottom turning for a second run and was left sprawled out on the pitch. He received attention from Lead Physio, Chris Clarke-Irons before rising to his feet and continuing his innings after a 7 minute delay.

Amir soon showed his well-being with as boundary off Jack Brooks helping ten Doeschate to a half-century stand in 10 overs before he was caught by the wicket-keeper for 22.

Essex made a fantastic start when Yorkshire began their second innings 118 runs behind their opponents.

Jamie Porter struck with the second ball of the innings to remove the White Rose county’s first innings hero Adam Lyth. The opener, who scored 68 out of 113 first time around, failed to score as Porter produced a wonderful delivery that swung back in to the opener and struck him on the pads.

And still without a run on the board, Amir removed the other opener Alex Lees. With his second delivery, the Pakistan fast bowler raced in and encouraged Lees to flirt fatally outside off to be caught by James Foster.

Tom Kohler-Cadmore got the score moving for the hosts but having scored all but one of the 14 runs on the board, he was undone by Amir who went around the wicket to swing a ball back into the batsman.

Ravi Bopara joined the attack for the penultimate over before lunch and produced a ball that earned an lbw shout to no effect as the home side continued to battle against a bowling force that promised further difficuaties ahead for the home side in the next session.

Day One | Match Highlights:

Day One | Close of Play Report:

A total of 18 wickets tumbled on the opening day at Scarborough as Essex reached 188 for 8 having dismissed Yorkshire for 113 immediately after lunch. Ryan ten Doeschate is unbeaten on 61 and Mohammad Amir is 11 not out.

On a pitch that gave the seam and swing bowlers untold assistance throughout the day Amir, playing only his second Specsavers County Championship match for Essex, returned the outstanding figures of 11.2-4-18-5. He was supported by the impressive Jamie Porter with 3 for 44 and Ravi Bopara 2 for 25 as Yorkshire went from one crisis to another.

However their opponents, after a promising start, experienced problems of their own to capitulate to 139 for 6 but skipper Ryan ten Doeschate stood firm to revive the innings that earned his side a lead of 75 runs by the end of the day.

Amir showed just what a world-class fast bowler he is starting the Yorkshire decline with a wicket in his second over of the day when he had Alex Lees caught by Dan Lawrence at fourth slip for a duck.

He struck again in his next over when completely beating Tom Kohler-Cadmiore for pace to leave the hosts in disarray at 24 for 3, an over after Porter had Harry Brook caught by wicket-keeper James Foster for 4.

If the scoreboard made unpleasant reading for the home supporters amongst the 5,372 attendance at that point, they would have been feeling distinctly uncomfortable – and embarrassed – when their side lost two wickets with only one more run added as Porter struck twice in three deliveries.

Jack Leaning was caught by Foster and Tim Bresnan fell victim to an lbw decision when the bowler slanted the ball into him.

Amir was withdrawn after an opening spell of 6-2-9-2 and Porter gave way to Ravi Bopara who collected two wickets in his first five overs including Adil Rashid for 12 to keep the pressure on the hosts as they reached 63 for 7.

While wickets were tumbling freely, opener Adam Lyth was playing with resolute determination and good sense. He reached a well-structured half-century with the seventh boundary of his innings, this one off Amir, having faced 69 balls.

Amir though was soon to add to his haul with two wickets in three balls as Jack Brooks and Ben Coad both failed to deal with his speed and bounce as Yorkshire succumbed to 74 for 9.

The morning session was extended by 8 overs as the visitors attempted to wrap up the innings although they were unable to dislodge the admirably effective Lyth who showed rare authority amongst the batsmen of whom only one of his colleagues managed double figures.

Last man Ryan Sidebottom also proved defiant as the home side reached lunch on 111-9 but almost immediately upon the resumption, Amir struck again for his five-wickets haul in an Essex sweater.

He found lift as Lyth went onto the back foot and Chopra took the catch at first slip to end the batsman’s 93-ball innings worth 68 runs with nine boundaries.

Chopra was an early casualty when Essex began their reply having scored 11 of the 13 runs on the board but Nick Browne and Lawrence carried the score onto 46 before opener Browne was adjudged to have edged a delivery from Coad into the gloves of the wicket-keeper. The left-hander, having looked comfortable in reaching 23, was less than impressed by the decision and seemed to have good cause but the umpires fickle finger of fate sent him on his way.

Four balls and two runs later, Lawrence went for 14 as the home side started to claw their way back into the game.

Bopara, driving with authority had reached 23 when he hit a long hop to deep square leg to leave the visitors 81for 4 immediately after tea.

A partnership of 58 in 15 overs and the only half-century stand of the day, between Adam Wheater and ten Doeschate took the visitors into a 26 runs lead before the former became the first of two wickets in three balls for Coad.

Wheater timed the ball well to gather 34 before a ball swung away late and he could only guide it into the wicket-keeper’s gloves. Then in the same over, Foster edged to second slip without score to leave Essex 139-6. That became 144 for 7 when Paul Walter was trapped in front of his stumps by Ryan Sidebottom for 4 as three wickets fell in 8 balls.

Simon Harmer scored 7 of a 20 runs stand with his skipper before he was caught at second slip with Essex 51 runs to the good. Ten Doeschate, using nimble footwork to prosper, reached his half-century from 70 balls with six boundaries and was joined by Amir in what could prove a useful unbeaten ninth wicket partnership 24 runs before the close.

Day One | Tea Report:

After the carnage of the morning session when nine Yorkshire batsmen perished, matters settled down somewhat after lunch when just four batsmen lost their wickets.

Essex arrived at tea on 71 for 3 with Ravi Bopara unbeaten on 13 and Adam Wheater 10 not out.

Yorkshire lost their remaining wicket in the afternoon session to be bowled out for 113.

It was Mohammad Amir who ended the home side’s innings after just 2 runs had been added to the lunch score. The Pakistan bowler found the edge when opener Adam Lyth went on the back foot and was caught by Varun Chopra at first slip for 68.

Amir ended with figures of 5 for 18 from 11.2 overs of which 4 were maidens, Jamie Porter took 3 for 44 and Bopara 2 for 25.

Chopra had contributed 11 of the 13 runs on the board in reply when he was trapped leg before wicket by Jack Brooks. Browne was joined by Dan Lawrence and both dealt well with a number of testing deliveries and had added 33 to the total in 12 overs when Browne fell.

The left-hander went forward to paceman Ben Coad and was adjudged to have edged the ball into the gloves of wicket-keeper Andrew Hodd although the opener, having scored 23 with four boundaries, was clearly less than impressed with the umpire’s decision.

Four balls later, Lawrence joined him in the pavilion having scored 14 when he was the victim of a ball from Tim Bresnan that nipped back and beat his defences.

However, Bopara and Wheater batted sensibly and with mature good sense to take the visitors to Tea without further problems.

Day One | Lunch Report:

What a fantastic morning for league leaders Essex on the opening day of the Specsavers County Championship match with Yorkshire at Scarborough.

After an uncontested toss, Yorkshire reached lunch on 111 for 9.

Mohammad Amir had figures of 4 for 16 at the break, his new ball partner Jamie Porter 3 for 44 and first change Ravi Bopara 2 for 25.

Apart from opener Adam Lyth who completed a fine unbeaten half-century, the home side floundered against the table-toppers pace attack who caused carnage throughout the session.

Only one batsman apart from Lyth managed to reach double figures – Adil Rashid who scored 12 – as a series of batsmen came and went having made no impression apart from helping the Essex bowlers to boost their tally of wickets.

Amir started the damage in his second over when he had Alex Lees caught by Dan Lawrence at fourth slip for 0 with 12 on the board and then in the next over, Porter sent Harry Brook (4) back to the Pavilion when he edged a delivery that was caught by wicket-keeper James Foster.

Tim Kohler-Cadmore was also on 4 when Amir beat him for pace and knocked back off stump to leave the hosts in trouble at 24 for 3 in the sixth over.

The agony piled on for the home side who then lost two wickets in three balls to Porter. The bowler found bounce and the edge to remove Jack Leaning for 1 with the score on 25 and without addition, Tim Bresnan failed to cope with a delivery that was slanted into the batsman who was leg before without score.

The new ball pair were subsequently given a well-earned break with Amir having figures of 5-2-9-2 and Porter 6-1-27-3.

If Yorkshire believed there was some relief to follow, Bopara ensured those ideas were to be dashed.

Rashid had moved to12 when he moved across his stumps and was leg before to the Essex all-rounder. Then with the score on 63, Bopara swung the ball away from Andrew Hodd (5) who edged the ball into Foster’s gloves.

Back came Amir and Porter into the attack as Bopara was given a rest and Amir announced his return with two wickets in one over.

Jack Brooks, on 5, wenton the back foot to defend a lifting delivery but saw the ball end in the hands of Ryan ten Doeschate and two deliveries later, Ben Coad was bowled through the gate without score.

Lyth though was unmoved and unflustered moving to a 69 ball half-century that embraced 7 fours and he and last man Ryan Sidebottom saw the total into three figures with an unbeaten 37 runs stand.

With nine wickets down at the scheduled lunch break, an extra half-hour was taken as Essex attempted to wind up the innings but the tenth wicket pair held out. The lengthy session even saw the umpires lose count as they called time for the morning’s play after only seven of the statutory eight overs extra had been bowled.

With the crowd swarming onto the outfield, the Yorkshire scorer alerted the umpires about the “missing” over. The officials then had to recall the players whilst the PA announcer sent out messages for spectators to return to their places.