Danny Briggs, Will Rhodes guard against drama as rain has final say at Chelmsford


Only 22.5 overs possible on final day as Warwickshire see off new ball

Warwickshire 166 and 66 for 1 (Briggs 37, Rhodes 22*) drew with Essex 217 (Cook 57, ten Doeschate 56, Harmer 40*)

Just 22.5 overs were possible on the final day at Chelmsford, as Warwickshire guarded against the potential for any late drama with a solid morning’s batting before persistent rain forced the two teams to shake hands on a draw.

After batting out a solitary over on the third evening, Warwickshire resumed on 0 for 0 in their second innings, still 51 runs adrift of parity. But Essex’s new-ball threat was quickly thwarted, with Danny Briggs, the nightwatchman, continuing where he had left out to compile a 63-run opening stand with Will Rhodes.

Notwithstanding the perpetual threat of Simon Harmer, Essex knew that their best hope of an unlikely win was to strike hard with the new ball when play resumed in dry but overcast conditions.

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