New Zealand test opener Hamish Rutherford joined an unwanted chapter of Essex cricket history today as the English county side were dismissed for 20, their lowest total ever.
Batting at No 3 in his first county championship match, Rutherford scored a three-ball duck as Essex were skittled in 14.2 overs and 68 minutes by Lancashire on their Chelmsford home ground, which is renowned as batter-friendly. Lancashire won the second division match by an innings and 105 runs after totalling 398 in their first innings.
It was the sixth-lowest total in county first-class history, and the worst since 1983 when Essex dismissed Surrey for 14, also at Chelmsford.
Former England players Owais Shah and Sajid Mahmood didn't trouble the scorers either, along with former Central Districts and Wellington import Graham Napier. Otago import Ryan ten Doeschate scored just one after making 77 in Essex's first innings of 273.
Lancashire pacemen Glenn Chapple (5-9) and Kyle Hogg (4-11) did the job in seven overs apiece. It was described as a scene of collective panic on what appeared a good batting surface, as the new ball pair bowled straight and the batsmen weren't up to it.
Rutherford scored five in the first innings to complete a forgettable match, after the high of his Essex debut earlier this month when he scored a century in a 40-over contest against Scotland.
Essex and Lancashire reconvene for a 40-over match at the same venue on Sunday.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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