County Championship: Worcestershire performs at Essex & # 39; first innings

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Brett D & # 39; Oliveira brought his ninth first class 50 out of 115 ballsCounty Championship Group One, New Road, Worcester (Day Three):Essex 561-8 Dec: Cook 115, Westley 113, Lawrence 90, Walter 65, Harmer 57 *Worcestershire 302-5: Mitchell 67, D & # 39; Oliveira 67, Fell 53; Harmer 3-75Worcestershire (3 points) follows Essex (4 points) by 259 five-wicket runs Scorecard

Worcestershire closed 259 runs behind Essex to save a tie after betting stubbornly on New Road.

Daryl Mitchell (67) and Jake Libby (41) went 37-0 in response to Essex & # 39; first innings of 561-8 and put on 111 for the first wicket.

Simon Harmer took three wickets before lunch to leave the hosts on 132-3.

But Brett D & # 39; Oliveira (67) and Tom Fell (53) were rebuilt to bring the pears to 302-5 on stumps. Another 110 runs were necessary to avoid the succession.

After only eight wickets in the first two game days, the bowlers resumed work on the third morning as Worcestershire's newly appointed Vice-Captain Libby and Mitchell returned to a second 100-run opening stand of the season.

After hoisting Harmer for six, the Essex off-crank soon retaliated by bowling Libby, then removing Mitchell and Gareth Roderick in three balls to wiggle the hosts.

But Fell and D & # 39; Oliveira stabilized the ship with a fourth wicket stand worth 111 and defied the Essex attack throughout the afternoon session to reach tee at 219-3.

Sam Cook eventually ended Fell's 162-ball stay and seven overs later, Shane Snater had D & # 39; Oliveira caught by Adam Wheater to leave Pears 259-5 and give Essex another glimmer of hope.

However, Riki Wessells (24, not eliminated) and Ben Cox (23, not eliminated) fought sensibly to the end and left the visitors with a big task of forcing victory on a flat wicket on the last day.

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