County Championship: 25 wickets fall on day one of Essex vs Northants

Shamanth Jayaram September 22, 2021

The opening day of the County Championship game between Essex and the Northants was a crazy one as 25 wickets fell before the close of play.

Yep, you didn’t just misread that. A staggering 25 wickets were picked up by the two teams as we go into day two with Northamptonshire halfway through their second innings and in deep trouble.

Day two is set to start soon and it is looking increasingly likely that the game will finish before tea today. However, Cricket is a funny game and the Northants could well surprise everyone and bat the whole day.

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Essex vs Northants: What happened on day one?

The Northants won the toss and elected to bat on Tuesday. It really did look like a tricky wicket to bat on, but nobody could’ve predicted that the bowlers would dominate the day’s play as they did.

Northamptonshire were bowled out for 81 in their first innings. Sam Cook was the star for Essex as he picked up five wickets in his 12 overs, while Jamie Porter impressed as well with his four scalps.

Essex were in the driving seat at that point and they started fairly well. However, they lost both their openers in the space of three balls and that allowed the Northants to get back into the game.

The Eagles did a lot better than their opponents, but still only managed 170, earning an 89-run lead. Nobody expected that to be enough to wrap the game up, but it could well be if things go their way today.

The Northants ended the day five wickets down and with just 23 runs on the board. Sam Cook already has nine wickets in the game, and if he can keep up that form, this game could well be wrapped up before lunch.

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Shamanth works as a senior editor at GRV Media. Based in Bangalore, India, he's a massive Arsenal fan who also enjoys a bit of UFC every now and then.