Cook aids Essex’s quest

Essex v Middlesex – The Bob Willis Trophy – Day One – Cloudfm County Ground, Chelmsford – Summary

Middlesex 138 (53.3 overs)
Essex 108/5 (37.0 overs)
Middlesex won the toss and elected to bat

Fifteen wickets fell on the opening day as Essex – boosted by Sam Cook’s best figures of the season – looked to reaffirm their place at the top of the Bob Willis Trophy south group.

Cook claimed 4/27, while Simon Harmer (3/34) and Jamie Porter (3/55) helped the home side dismiss their old adversaries, Middlesex for 138.

James Harris top-scored for the visitors with 34 before becoming Porter’s third victim, trapped lbw. However, any thoughts of Essex taking complete control were dispelled as led by Tim Murtagh (2/27) and Harris (2/45), Middlesex reduced the hosts to 87/5.

Paul Walter offered some stability, scoring 43 during a 124-minute stint in the middle, while Ryan ten Doeschate (28) and Adam Wheater (18) edged Essex steadily towards calmer waters on a day dominated by the bowlers. Play resumes on Monday at 10:30am.

Essex: Paul Walter, Alastair Cook, Tom Westley (Capt), Dan Lawrence, Feroze Khushi, Ryan ten Doeschate, Adam Wheater (WK), Simon Harmer, Aaron Beard, Sam Cook, Jamie Porter

Middlesex: Sam Robson, Max Holden, Nick Gubbins Stevie Eskinazi (Capt), Robbie White, Martin Andersson John Simpson (WK), Blake Cullen, James Harris, Thilan Walallawita, Tim Murtagh

Officials: Russell Warren, Paul Pollard and Peter Such


Brian Jeeves

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