• Specsavers County Championship 1m

    Harmer lauds 'incredible' Essex win

    Match-winner Simon Harmer praises his Essex side after their dramatic late triumph over Middlesex at the Cloudfm County Ground

    Essex hero Simon Harmer has spoken of his delight after playing a vital part in his side's day four victory over Middlesex by an innings and 34 runs.

    The Specsavers County Championship Division One leaders extended their advantage at the summit to 29 points on Thursday, with Harmer taking 14 wickets in the match.

    The table-toppers left it late however, sealing their win in the penultimate over thanks to Harmer trapping Steven Finn lbw with eight balls remaining.

    And the South African off-spinner who took nine wickets in Middlesex's second innings, says it tops a 'good week' for his team, who last week defeated Warwickshire.

    “It’s an incredible win for the club, it puts us in phenomenal position going into the last six games of the season.

    "We’ve done a lot of hard work, a lot of hard graft and been on top of our game.

    "We’ve come out on top in the last 10 minutes of the day today. These are the moments you play cricket for. It makes all the hard graft worth it," he said.

    Harmer, who achieved his career best bowling figures of 14 for 172, also discussed the introduction of the pink ball following the first round of day-night County Championship fixtures.

    “The pink ball keeps the batters guessing because it takes the sweep out of their game because it is bouncing and you have to play off the back foot.

    "I knew their (Middlesex's) gameplan was to try and play me off the back foot, so I was trying to get them to cover the front foot and I knew I was winning it, I knew I was in the game.”

    Highlights - Sussex v Gloucestershire Day 4

    Day four of the Specsavers County Championship.

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