DURING this week’s LV= Insurance County Championship fixture against Somerset, Essex bowler Jamie Porter is making his 100th first-class appearance for the County.

In what has been an illustrious first-class career so far, where he has also represented England Lions on seven occasions, he sits just two shy of 400 wickets at an average of 24.35.

For Essex, he has led the attack for two County Championship-winning sides as well as titles in the Vitality Blast and Bob Willis Trophy.

During this period of great success for the Club, he excelled with the ball and no player still playing the game has taken more than his 379 first-class wickets for Essex.

He told Essex Cricket TV: "Very proud, I mean when I played my first game I did not expect to make it to 100, so it is something I am very proud of.

"Having the experience away form the game has helped take the pressure away from the game. So when I signed here I knew I could just appreciate everything and make the most of it.

"First-class cricket has felt like it has gotten so far away (about making his debut) so I remember thinking at that point that no one would be able to take that feeling away from me."