Cook brace hands Essex an early breakthrough

Somerset v Essex – The Bob Willis Trophy Final – Day One – Lord’s – Day One

Somerset 119/4 (44.0 overs)
Essex (Yet to bat)
Essex won the toss and elected to bowl

Sam Cook claimed two wickets on a rain-affected first day at Lord’s.

Looking to add the Bob Willis Trophy to their recent impressive haul of silverware, Cook claimed 2/38 as he reached three figures in the first-class game. Meanwhile, Aaron Beard and Jamie Porter chipped in as Essex edged what play was possible due to the showers.

Zimbabwe-born Edward Byrom steadied the ship for Somerset, finishing the day unbeaten on 51 – his first half-century of the summer – helping his side recover from 53/3.

With modestly sunny conditions forecasted play is due to resume on Thursday at 10:30am.

Somerset: Ben Green, Tom Lammonby, Tom Abell (Capt), George Bartlett, Edward Byrom, Steve Davies (WK), Lewis Gregory, Craig Overton, Josh Davey, Jack Leach, Jack Brooks

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

Officials: Robert Bailey, Russell Warren and Dean Cosker

Brian Jeeves

Email: [email protected]