Worcestershire relegated as Essex wrap up victory by an innings

Essex's Jamie Porter in good form against Worcs

Essex's Jamie Porter in good form against Worcs - Credit: PA Wire/PA Images

Worcestershire 94 & 251 lost to Essex 474/7d by an innings and 129 runs

Worcestershire have been relegated to Specsavers County Championship Division Two after suffering an innings and 129 run defeat to Essex this afternoon.

The county had only been promoted to Division One last season but defeat means they will return straight back to the second tier.

Jamie Porter was once again the chief destroyer of the Worcestershire batting line-up as he ended the second innings with figures of four for 76, handing him match analysis of 11 for 98 – the second time he had claimed 10 wickets in a match during his career.

Simon Harmer also chipped in with a crafty four for 76, as Worcestershire were bowled out for 251.

Joe Clarke had batted brilliantly on day two to reach 74 overnight – but the promising batsman failed to add to his score.

Porter angled the third delivery of the morning into Clarke, who was beaten between bat and pad to see his middle stump cartwheeling backwards.

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It was the first time this season that Clarke had failed to convert a half century into three figures, having previously past fifty three times this year.

The wicket also gave Porter 10 wickets in a match for the second time in his career, having boasted best first-class figures of seven for 41 in the first innings.

Ben Cox was the next man to fall when he steamed down the wicket and attempted to sweep Simon Harmer, but was clean bowled.

Three balls later, night-watchman Josh Tongue edged Sam Cook to Dan Lawrence at gully.

A half an hour rain delay held up Essex, as did Ed Barnard and Wayne Parnell, who put on 51 for the eighth wicket.

But two balls after lunch, Porter snatched his fourth scalp of the innings when Barnard flicked behind.

Parnell continued and crashed his way to a 94 ball half century, which included two straight sixes, with Ben Twohig accompanying him with an eye-catching 18.

But Twohig pushed Harmer to Ryan ten Doeschate at short leg before Dillon Pennington was bowled next ball to confirm Worcestershire’s demotion and hand Essex a maximum 24 points, to continue their hopes of finishing second.

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