|LV = County Championship Division One, Cloud County Ground, Chelmsford (second day)|
|Lancashire 131 and 73: Bell 24; Snater 6-10, S Cook 3-46|
|Essex 107 and 59: A cook 14; Balderson 5-14, Williams 4-24|
|Lancashire (19 points) beat Essex (3 points) by 38 points|
|Scorekeeper of the match|
George Balderson claimed a hat-trick to smash Essex’s hopes of victory in an incredible match at Chelmsford that lasted just over four sessions when Lancashire won by 38 points.
The pitching pace finished 5-14 out of seven overs, supported by Will Williams, who returned 4-24 when Essex lost their last nine wickets for 35 runs in search of 98 to win.
Only two Essex batters hit double digits against the Lancashire duo’s significant and punchy bowling, which helped their team to 19 points, while the hosts were left with a meager three points after a dramatic league game. .
The demons of the day before, when 26 wickets fell, continued to manifest. Lancashire resumed their second inning at 25-6 and lost another wicket just 20 balls in the morning game.
Rookie George Bell looked settled as he moved up to 24, the highest score a Lancashire player has in the game.
However, his 28-ball shot ended when he was thrown around the legs by Shane Snater to reduce Lancashire to 34-7. Snater had taken 5-6 in 4.2 overs at that stage.
The two Toms, Bailey and Hartley, both reached successive borders in an unusually rebellious over Sam Cook that cost 17 runs. Bailey then threw the bat on the first ball of the next only to spot Dan Lawrence on the edge of the long leg and hand Snater his sixth wicket and staggering 6-10 figures.
Cook got some personal satisfaction when Hartley attempted a high cut on a short ball and only managed to get behind. It was Cook’s 200th first class wicket for Essex.
Simon Harmer had the final say when he hit Matt Parkinson full on the front pad to finish the guests’ second inning at 24 overs for a measly 73.
All-rounder Snater, Essex Player of the Year, was honored for a groundbreaking season with his presence in the county at lunchtime.
With the spotlight on all day, the hosts, looking for their third consecutive league victory in September, set themselves the goal of hitting a modest 98 points for the win but, on this field, it was a task. tortuous.
Sir Alastair Cook and Nick Browne started the chase relatively smoothly and had 24 on the scoreboard in seven overs to ease the nerves of the home court when Browne was trapped lbw by Bailey.
But Balderson’s introduction sent waves of panic into the home field.
With his second birth, Cook beat all the extremities from one who slipped inside and moved the bail for his leg.
His next ball saw Lawrence carelessly chipping Williams in mid-wicket before the bowler breached Matt Critchley’s defenses to claim his hat-trick.
Lunch came soon after with Balderson feasting on the figures of 2-2-0-3, as Essex staggered to 34-4.
The latest sack on a wicket denounced as unplayable by Lancashire manager Glen Chapple was Feroze Khushi, who was thrown by Williams for a single as Essex further falters at 35-5.
Adam Rossington opted for aggression and picked up two limits before Balderson swept him out and, with the score of 55, Essex lost seventh and eighth wickets, both to Williams.
Throughout the carnage, skipper Tom Westley had stood still, but ultimately succumbed by 13 having survived 41 balls when he was caught to become a fifth wicket for Balderson.
Williams completed the process when he pitched Sam Cook to leave Lancashire by celebrating victory in a game in which the four innings only produced 370 points.
Report provided by the ECB Reporters’ Network.