Cook proves that class is permanent

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

Somerset 301 (102.0 overs)     

Essex 271/6 (98.0 overs)

Essex won the toss and elected to bowl

Essex trail Somerset by 30 runs with four first-innings wickets remaining

Sir Alastair Cook provided a timely reminder of why he holds a place amongst the greats of the game with a quite brilliant batting performance at the home of cricket.

Former England skipper Cook oversaw the Bob Willis Trophy final pendulum swinging back towards Essex with a majestic knock of 172 from 289 deliveries helping Essex moved ever-closer to establishing what could prove to be a vital first innings lead.

Skipper Tom Westley chipped in with a stylish half-century – his second-wicket stand with Cook 170. However, Somerset – who had posted 301 (Edward Byrom 117) ensured the drama ensued with a flurry of dismissals – Lewis Gregory leading the way with 4/58.

It would take a brave man to wager which way this one will eventually go. Play is due to resume on Saturday 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, Dean Cosker

Brian Jeeves

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