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Sir Alastair Cook key figure as Essex chase 237 for victory over Somerset

Posted On: 27 Sep 2020   |   Posted By: Cricket365

Sir Alastair Cook was once again the central figure as Essex and Somerset made their final bids to claim the inaugural Bob Willis Trophy on day five at Lord's.
The first-class season decider looked set for a tight finish with Somerset declaring early in the morning to leave the Chelmsford side needing 237 to win. At lunch they had moved to 61 for two, wearing a couple of losses as Cook and Dan Lawrence steered them to the break.
Essex hold an extra trump card with the knowledge that a drawn match would see them take their third red-ball title in four years, courtesy of their first-innings advantage.
That they held the potentially-decisive lead owed greatly to Cook, who hit a magnificent 172 on day three, and he was set to be the game's decisive figure after the first session. With every over he remains in position, Somerset's chances diminish and Essex's grasp grows.
He got off the mark with a graceful straight drive off his third ball of the day, slightly over-pitched by Josh Davey, but life...

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