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Tom Westley proud after Essex come through challenging time to win another title

Posted On: 27 Sep 2020   |   Posted By: Cricket365

Essex captain Tom Westley reflected with pride after laying hands on the Bob Willis Trophy at Lord's, having lifted his troops from depths of lockdown to another title-winning campaign.
Having won two of the last three County Championships, Essex have now polished their legacy by landing a hastily-revised first-class tournament - which did not even exist at the start of the summer.
Both Essex and defeated finalists Somerset were among the 16 counties who furloughed players as the coronavirus pandemic wrecked the start of the domestic campaign only to prove their pedigree by qualifying for a showpiece decider.
The quality of the contest was high throughout, with a wonderful 172 from England's record run-scorer Sir Alastair Cook effectively settling a five-day draw in Essex's favour - with first-innings runs used as the tie-breaker.
Chasing down a winning target of 237 on the final day, they finished on 179 for six to see off their rivals' hopes.
Westley, after collecting the trophy in the presence of Bob...

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