Essex Duo demolish Lancashire: innings win in county clash

Essex’s Jamie Porter and Shane Snater spearheaded a dominant display, thrashing Lancashire’s fragile batting lineup to secure victory by an innings and 124 runs within three days of their County Championship Division One clash.

The Essex pace duo exploited the pitch’s low bounce, each claiming three wickets as Lancashire crumbled in a mere 41 overs for the second time in the match.

Porter initiated the onslaught, snaring three crucial wickets for a commendable 3-24, while Snater extended his impact with match figures of 7-59, adding 3-17 in the second innings.

This triumph marks Essex’s second win of the season, netting them 22 valuable points and extending their lead at the summit of the table after just three games.

Lancashire’s hopes dwindled as they began day three at 10-1, still requiring 221 runs to force Essex to bat again. However, their aspirations were swiftly dashed, losing five wickets in the opening hour and failing to mount a recovery, ultimately succumbing before the scheduled lunch break.

Essex faced adversity, with Ronnie McKenna stepping in as a substitute wicketkeeper due to Michael Pepper’s finger injury. McKenna, a 19-year-old, made an immediate impact by snatching a crucial catch off Porter’s delivery, triggering a calamitous collapse.

In a whirlwind 16-ball spell, Lancashire lost four wickets, with Josh Bohannon falling victim to Sam Cook’s delivery, Luke Wells getting bowled, George Balderson misjudging Snater’s line, and Tom Bruce losing his off stump to Porter.

Despite a brief resistance from Matty Hurst and George Bell, Lancashire’s fate was sealed when Bell’s dismissal, caught by Dean Elgar off Cook’s bowling, sealed the match, denying him a potential third half-century in four innings at Chelmsford.