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Warwickshire in charge of Essex after Neil Carter burst

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Warwickshire all-rounder Neil Carter
Neil Carter has now taken 40 wickets in the Championship this season

Neil Carter took three wickets in eight balls to give Division One bottom side Warwickshire the upper hand over Essex on a rain-shortened first day.

Carter took 3-48 and was assisted by Rikki Clarke (3-26), as Essex initially slumped to 91-8 at Southend.

The tail pushed the home side's total in excess of three figures, with Bryce McGain making 24 and Tony Palladino ending the day unbeaten on 31.

The rain arrived mid-afternoon, by which time Essex had moved on to 149-9.

After the home side won the toss, Chris Woakes (2-39) had Mark Pettini leg before for one from the 14th ball of the match, before Carter took centre stage.


Tom Westley edged to Darren Maddy in the slips, Jaik Mickleburgh was bowled and Ravi Bopara fell lbw, all for single-figure scores, as Essex slipped to 31-4 in the 12th over.

Three overs later, Essex captain James Foster fell to Clarke for three, as he was left to regret his decision to bat even more.

Matt Walker's 29 stopped the procession of wickets, but Tim Phillips and David Masters fell cheaply to put Warwickshire well and truly in the box seat.

McGain and Palladino then put on 43 for the ninth wicket and the latter was still there at the close, hitting five fours.

Essex bowler Tony Palladino told BBC Radio Essex:
"They (Warwickshire) put some balls in a good area and it swung and nipped about this morning.

"If we can get a few more runs in the morning we feel we are right in the game, as the ball is still doing a bit.

"I thought I would chance my arm a little bit. With this wicket, if I was to defend it would do no one any favours."

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