Cook shines between the showers

Hampshire v Essex – The Bob Willis Trophy – Day Three – Arundel Castle – Close

Essex 249/3 (78.0 overs)

Hampshire (Yet to bat)

Hampshire won the toss and elected to bowl

Heavy rain again hampered the hopes of Hampshire and Essex at Arundel. However, Sir Alastair Cook ensured the focus was on what little cricket was possible on day three of this Bob Willis Trophy south group contest.

Cook was unbeaten on 129 when the showers ensured another early conclusion. However, the former England skipper had eased past 24,000 first-class runs and recorded his 66th first-class century – offering a ray of light in the otherwise gloomy conditions.

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 close on 37*.

With further rain forecast, It’s now highly unlikely Essex will add a fourth-successive victory in the competition. Play is due to resume on Tuseday at 11am.

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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