Cricket: Somerset's Groenewald looking for more wickets

PUBLISHED: 08:03 25 June 2019 | UPDATED: 08:03 25 June 2019

Tim Groenewald in bowling action for Somerset during Essex CCC vs Somerset CCC, Specsavers County Championship Division 1 Cricket at The Cloudfm County Ground on 23rd June 2019

Tim Groenewald in bowling action for Somerset during Essex CCC vs Somerset CCC, Specsavers County Championship Division 1 Cricket at The Cloudfm County Ground on 23rd June 2019

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Somerset fast bowler Tim Groenewald is hoping for early wickets on day three of their County Championship match against Essex at Chelmsford.

The 2017 champions ended play on Monday at 164-6 for a lead of 249, having dismissed the current leaders for 131.

And Tim Groenewald, who dismissed Sir Alastair Cook for the second time in the match and finished play with 3-39, said: "There are two very different ends here at Chelmsford. One is level and the other you go up a slope before the wicket and that can play with your rhythm. So, switching to the other end helped me and I bowled quite nicely.

"I am not complaining about dismissing Cook in both innings, he is a massive wicket in any game.

"You just have to look at the way he has batted on a tricky surface to see why his record is so good. He sticks to his game plan and doesn't change it."

Somerset were making decent progress in reply to Essex's first innings score of 216 but then lost four wickets in quick time as Aaron Beard (4-23) and Jamie Porter (5-51) struck.

Groenewald added: "It seems to have gone through patches through the game how difficult it is to bat. We found it tricky this morning and they bowled well.

"They used the heavy roller just before they batted second time so that might have taken a bit out the wicket. It definitely seemed to do more when they bowled.

"We were 50-1 and then 60-5. If you bowl in the right area it is difficult to get going when you are new to the crease."

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