Amid extraordinary scenes at the Kia Oval, Essex captain Ryan ten Doeschate’s superb 53 not out from 62 balls earned his side a nerve-shredding one-wicket win as champions Surrey just failed to prevent the 2017 championship winners from chasing down a target of 132.
County champions Surrey were skittled for 67, their lowest championship total at the Kia Oval for 56 years, as Jamie Porter and Sam Cook bowled Essex into a position of first-day dominance with four wickets apiece.
Simon Harmer’s best figures of the season and Murali Vijay’s second half-century of the match have given Essex a chance of toppling Nottinghamshire in their Specsavers County Championship meeting at Trent Bridge.
Peter Siddle took 5-48 with some typically accurate bowling as Essex’s claimed their fourth Specsavers County Championship of the season by beating Hampshire by an innings & 52 with 14.3 overs left on the final day.
Alastair Cook rediscovered the sort of imperious form that had eluded him this season, but fell four runs short of the 63rd first-class century of his career on the first day of Essex’s day-night match with Somerset at Chelmsford.
Having secured a home tie in the quarter-finals of the Royal London Cup by beating Kent Spitfires emphatically on Wednesday, Essex turn their attentions back to the red ball when they travel to Old Trafford to face Lancashire.
Essex head coach Anthony McGrath admitted the first day of their County Championship match at Worcestershire was not their best, as they were dismissed for 177 and saw the hsots reach 47-0 before an early close.