Cook milestone the highlight as the weather thwarts Essex

Hampshire v Essex – The Bob Willis Trophy – Report – Arundel Castle – Close

Essex 249/3 (78.0 overs)

Hampshire (Did not bat)

Hampshire won the toss and elected to bowl

Match Drawn

The unwelcome arrival of Storm Francis ensured no play on the final day of an already weather affected Bob Willis Trophy encounter at Arundel Castle.

Indeed, only 78 overs were possible across the four days as Essex’s lead at the top of the south group was cut to four points thanks to kent’s victory over Surrey at the Oval

Sir Alastair Cook took centre stage in what little cricket was played, remaining unbeaten on 129. The knock, compiled over 319 minutes off 215 balls included 15 boundaries and saw the former England skipper eased past 24,000 first-class runs and recorded his 66th first-class century.

Earlier, Paul Walter reached 43 before falling to Ian Holland courtesy of Tom Alsop’s excellent slip-catch. Leytonstone-born Dan Lawrence was at in the middle with Cook at the gloomy conclusion, on 37*.

Essex now turns their attention to defending the Vitality Blast trophy when they face Middlesex at the Cloudfm County Ground, Chelmsford on Thursday, August 27 (2pm).

Hampshire: Sam Northeast (Capt), Joe Weatherley, Ian Holland, Tom Alsop, Harry Came, Felix Organ, Lewis McManus (WK), James Fuller, Ryan Stevenson, Mason Crane, Brad Wheal

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

Officials: Ian Gould, Billy Taylor and Stephen Davis

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