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Fine 64 from Simon Harmer as Essex reach 227 on day one against Yorkshire

PUBLISHED: 18:15 25 September 2017 | UPDATED: 18:15 25 September 2017

Tom Westley hurt his hand against Yorkshire in departing for just 13 runs. Picture: PA SPORT

Tom Westley hurt his hand against Yorkshire in departing for just 13 runs. Picture: PA SPORT

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Steven Patterson and John Brooks took three wickets each to help Yorkshire secure their Division One place for another year on the first day of their last Specsavers County Championship match of the season, writes Martin Smith.

Captain Ryan ten Doeschate racked up 30 runs for Essex. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNCaptain Ryan ten Doeschate racked up 30 runs for Essex. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Yorkshire started the day knowing that a six-point swing with Somerset would finally allay any lingering fears they had of joining Warwickshire in Division Two next season.

When Somerset collapsed to 236 all out at Taunton against Middlesex, coupled with the second of their three bowling points at Chelmsford, Yorkshire could breathe a sigh of relief.

There was a similar sigh in the Essex ranks that it was announced Tom Westley had suffered no more than bruising to his right thumb when rapped on the glove trying to fend off one that reared up unexpectedly from Steven Patterson. The ball looped to second slip, but the Essex No3 did not hang around to wait for the umpire’s raised finger.

Never has a batsman dashed quite so quickly from the scene of his demise. Westley barely broke stride as he bounded up the pavilion steps straight into the physio’s room.

With England’s party for the Ashes due to be named on Wednesday morning, the sizeable Chelmsford crowd awaited news of the injury.

Westley went for a precautionary X-ray that showed no break; he will bat in the second innings.

It was the first of Patterson’s three wickets.

Later he would dismiss both Ryan ten Doeschate, who finished with 30, and James Foster, who made 25, after the sixth-wicket pair that lifted Essex from the depths of 80 for five.

That the county champions would take one batting point for their 227 all out was largely due to some lusty late hitting by Neil Wagner and Simon Harmer, who recorded his maiden fifty for Essex on his way to a very impressive 64.

The day started half-an-hour late and ended with 24 overs unbowled because of combination of drizzle and bad light.

Yorkshire will begin their reply tomorrow morning, with Essex still hoping to finish off what would be a remarkable unbeaten season to cap their first County Chamionship since 1992.

Ipswich Town have taken up their option to extend Freddie Sears’ contract until the summer of 2020.

Jon Nolan is back in the team under Paul Lambert. STUART WATSON spoke to the midfielder about Paul Hurst’s sacking, stepping up to the Championship and the visit of Wigan.

Paul Lambert will continue to ‘protect’ talented midfielder Teddy Bishop as the youngster strives for fitness following a long injury lay-off.

Ipswich Town manager Paul Lambert says he won’t sanction any player departures until he has signed the players he wants in January.

Former Ipswich Town striker Marcus Stewart has asked to leave Bristol Rovers following the departure of Darrell Clarke this morning.

Signing strikers will be a top priority for Ipswich Town manager Paul Lambert in January. ANDY WARREN looks at names who could fit the bill for the Blues.

In our daily feature, we take a look at what happened on this day in Ipswich Town’s history. Today features a goal from Tony Mowbray in a European triumph, plus a victory over Leeds United.

Paul Lambert spoke to the media this afternoon ahead of Saturday’s visit of Wigan Athletic.

Midfielder Cole Skuse believes he is ahead of schedule after undergoing a minor operation on the knee injury which is expected to keep him out for eight weeks.

Freddie Sears knows Ipswich Town must add goals to their team, with the January transfer window just around the corner.

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