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