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.
Newham’s first team welcomed local rivals Wanstead 2nd XI to Flanders Field for a Shepherd Neame Essex League contest on Saturday, chose to bat after winning the toss and scored 215 all out from 39.1 overs.
Newham’s first team had their away clash with Epping in the Shepherd Neame Essex League abandoned due to wet weather and so remain unbeaten at the top of the Westley division as they welcome local rivals Wanstead & Snaresbrook to Flanders on Saturday.
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.
Essex Captain Tom Westley, batsman Ryan Ten Doeschate and bowlers Jamie Porter and Aaron Beard have signed up to raise funds for the Lord’s Taverners charity through their Runs and Wickets for Change campaigns to support disadvantaged and disabled young people in the county.
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.