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    Essex go top with Hampshire win

    Jamie Porter led the Essex attack in bowling out Hampshire twice inside three sessions for a three-day win to move to the top of the County Championship, at least for 24 hours.

    Jamie Porter led the Essex attack in bowling out Hampshire twice inside three sessions for a three-day win to move to the top of the Specsavers County Championship first division, at least for 24 hours.

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    Porter took seven wickets in the match for 45 runs, including career-best first-class figures of five for 24 in the first innings, as Hampshire, following on 245 runs behind, disintegrated for a second time. 

    Hampshire had started the day 268 runs short of making Essex bat again. They were all out for 115 – having been 15 for five and 34 for seven during the second evening – and fared little better when sent straight back in, losing by an innings with more than four sessions to spare. Essex collected 22 points for their efforts, Hampshire just one.
     
    Essex captain Ryan ten Doeschate led the praise for Jamie Porter. He said: “I thought Ports bowled fantastically well. It was one of the best opening spells I’ve ever seen.
     
    "He bowled really well in the first three games and was probably a bit unlucky not to take more wickets. But nothing to this standard. He was relentless with his lengths and his lines in this game. That can happen when you bowl well and don’t get wickets – if you keep doing the right things then eventually you are going to pick up a bagful like he did today."
     
    Ten Doeschate added: "I’m delighted with our performance. We knew that eventually the points were going to come. We felt before the one-day campaign we hadn’t played particularly well and we’d got probably more than we deserved in the first three games. We were talking then about putting a game together where we got all the elements right. This game is as close as I can remember to a perfect performance.
     
    Only Lewis McManus showed an aptitude for the fight in both innings, following his first-innings 39 with 37. George Bailey weighed in with 32, but the rest dropped like flies. South African Rilee Rossouw bagged a pair – and only faced three balls all game. Simon Harmer only bowled five overs in the match, yet claimed figures of three for 23.

    Hampshire’s second innings got off to the worst possible start when Liam Dawson shuffled across his stumps in Porter’s second over and was trapped lbw to one that angled in. James Vince tried to move things along and had reached 17 when he drove Neil Wagner forcefully into the covers where Nick Browne took the catch low down.

    Michael Carberry had survived a let-off on two when Tom Westley floored an in-and-out chance into his midriff at second slip. It did not prove too costly as Carberry went to Simon Harmer’s first ball in the match, the last one before lunch, when he was pinned lbw. He had occupied the crease for 20 overs while scoring six runs.
     
    Harmer’s second ball after lunch accounted for Rilee Rossouw, plumb leg before, for a second duck of a match in which he faced the grand total of three balls. His last Championship innings had been 99 against Middlesex.

     
     
    Essex had wrapped up the Hampshire first innings inside nine overs in the morning with Porter taking two of the three wickets to fall.

    McManus and Abbott had staged a rearguard action with an eighth-wicket partnership of 75 in 20 overs to lift Hampshire from the doldrums of 34 for seven and into three-figures. However, both fell inside seven balls from Porter.
     
    Abbott had just pulled Quinn over midwicket for six when Porter got one to swing in and catch the edge of Abbott’s forward prod for Alastair Cook to take the catch at first slip. McManus, having faced 74 balls for 39, followed when caught in two minds by a ball that slanted past his indeterminate movement to take off-stump out of the ground.

    Fidel Edwards did not hang about for long, Westley juggling and second slip and only completed the catch at the second attempt to give Wagner his first wicket of the game.
     
     
     
    Essex had wrapped up the Hampshire first innings inside nine overs in the morning with Porter taking two of the three wickets to fall.

    McManus and Abbott had staged a rearguard action with an eighth-wicket partnership of 75 in 20 overs to lift Hampshire from the doldrums of 34 for seven and into three-figures. However, both fell inside seven balls from Porter.
     
    Abbott had just pulled Quinn over midwicket for six when Porter got one to swing in and catch the edge of Abbott’s forward prod for Alastair Cook to take the catch at first slip. McManus, having faced 74 balls for 39, followed when caught in two minds by a ball that slanted past his indeterminate movement to take off-stump out of the ground.

    Fidel Edwards did not hang about for long, Westley juggling and second slip and only completed the catch at the second attempt to give Wagner his first wicket of the game.
     
    A disappointed Craig White said: "We can’t make excuses. The pitch did a bit, but that’s first-class cricket and you’ve got to adapt and you’ve got to be able to cope with those situations. We didn’t do that.
     
     
    "We’ve got a little bit of a history of losing wickets in clumps – four or five or six at times. We’ve got to start stopping that. It’s just soaking up the pressure - keep calm and it gets easier. But we’re not doing that."

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