Sam Cook returned figures of 2 for 38 whilst there was a wicket apiece for Jamie Porter and Aaron Beard on a rain-affected day when the four stoppages to the inclement weather claimed 46 overs, as Somerset reached the close on 119 for 4 in the Bob Willis Trophy Final at Lord’s.
Essex captain Tom Westley believes staging the Bob Willis Trophy final against Somerset on neutral ground, negating the home benefits of Chelmsford and Taunton to the protagonists, will provide the perfect setting to decide the red-ball champions of a truncated season.
Essex all-rounder Paul Walter is looking forward to a special feeling of playing a red-ball final at Lord’s and says everyone at the club is eager to continue their success in the longest format this week.
Goresbrook fell to a narrow defeat at Ardleigh Green & Havering as the hosts held their nerve to chase 178 in the penultimate over after a spirited bowling performance from Kane Messenger’s men threatened to steal the game.
Goresbrook picked up their first win in the Shepherd Neame Essex League’s Ten Doeschate Division thanks to a successful rain-affected run chase at neighbours Gidea Park & Romford in the first-ever league meeting between the clubs.
Paul Stirling and Andrew Balbirnie starred as 329 once again proved to be the magic number for Ireland, who claimed only a second win over England in their history after overcoming the world champions in a final-over thriller.
Let’s get physical! One of the dangers of lockdown is to be lulled into laziness, watching too many box sets, and eating and drinking too much, but there is no excuse to not start exercising to get fit and stay healthy.