Cook de­liv­ers sea­son’s best to keep alive Es­sex dreams of reach­ing fi­nal

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Sam Cook re­turned sea­son-best fig­ures as Es­sex’s Bob Wil­lis Tro­phy fi­nal hopes re­mained on track with 15 wick­ets fall­ing on day one at Chelms­ford.

Fast bowler Cook took four for 27 and was backed up by new-ball part­ner Jamie Porter (three for 55) and spin­ner Si­mon Harmer (three for 34) as Mid­dle­sex were dashed out for 138 in 53.3 overs. But in re­ply, Tim Murtagh and James Har­ris each took two wick­ets to leave reign­ing county cham­pi­ons Es­sex 108 for five de­spite Paul Wal­ter’s 43.

Else­where, Kent all-rounder Dar­ren Stevens took his third fivewicket haul of the sum­mer as Hamp­shire suc­cumbed for 191 on the open­ing day of their game at Can­ter­bury. He fin­ished with a sea­son’s best five for 37.

Lan­cashire’s Josh Bo­han­non saved his side’s blushes at Aig­burth with a bril­liant 94 as the Red Rose made heavy work of reach­ing 206 for eight on the first day of their clash with Der­byshire.

Som­er­set cap­tain Tom Abell top­scored with 59 against Worces­ter­shire at New Road. Som­er­set to­talled 251 all out in 83.1 overs be­fore Worces­ter­shire reached 14 with­out loss be­fore the close of play.

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