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Veteran Ryan ten Doeschate helped Essex bat out a draw to hand his side the inaugural Bob Willis Trophy and their third first-class title in four years.

Jamie Porter has put Essex into a strong position as they shape up for the final day’s play in this Bob Willis Trophy clash at Lord’s where Somerset will resume on 227 for 7 and a lead of 191.

Sir Alastair Cook struck the 67th first-class century of his career when compiling 172 in the Bob Willis Trophy final.

Alastair Cook stroked his way to 172 as he produced an innings of the highest quality to put Essex on the cusp of a first innings lead in their Bob Willis Trophy clash with Somerset at Lord’s.

Anthony McGrath believes Sam Cook still has plenty of space to grow after the fast bowler pegged Somerset back with a five-wicket haul in the Bob Willis Trophy final.

Sam Cook returned figures of five for 76 as Somerset were bowled out for 301 before bad light prevented Essex from facing remaining three overs in the days allocation.

Sam Cook collected the only wicket to fall in the morning session as Somerset scored 104 runs to reach lunch on 233 for 5 against Essex in their Bob Willis Trophy clash at Lord’s.

Former Shenfield High School pupil Mady Villiers took two wickets for England Women as they sealed a 47 run victory over the West Indies in the second T20 and take a 2-0 lead in the five-match series.

Hornchurch captain Billy Gordon said he was “proud” of the team being crowned T20 Cup champions after a terrific eight wicket victory over Buckhurst Hill.

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.

Jamie Porter claimed his first wicket of the match in a truncated session of play that allowed just 10.5 overs of play in the afternoon session shoehorned in between rain.

Sam Cook collected two wickets for Essex in their Bob Willis Trophy shoot-out with Somerset before the West Country outfit responded to reach the lunch interval on 90 for 3.

Harold Wood under-11s were crowned champions of the Central District Cup with a victory over Springfield in the final.

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 seamer Jamie Porter expects to be tussling for titles with Somerset for years to come but is desperate to stay on top in the rivalry by winning this week’s Bob Willis Trophy final.

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.

Sussex booked their place in the quarter-finals of the Vitality Blast 20/20 competition after beating defending champions Essex by six wickets with 10 balls to spare at Chelmsford.

An unbeaten county-best 55 by Jack Leaning helped Kent to hold their nerve and land a four-wicket win with only two balls to spare over south group rivals Essex Eagles in Canterbury.

Hornchurch captain Billy Gordon wants to wrap up a disappointing season with a piece of silverware as they head into the T20 Cup final this weekend.

Upminster captain Alan Ison is looking at the season as a positive one despite missing out on the league title on the final day of the season.

Brentwood captain Aaron West was disappointed to not win the Essex Cricket Premier League Gooch Division title on the final day but insists the team must look to the future.

Upminster under-9s squad rounded off a memorable season for the club’s colts section with a 14 run victory over Ilford to claim the Don Coates Trophy.

Aron Nijjar celebrated career-best bowling figures as Vitality Blast holders Essex Eagles thrashed Hampshire by 54 runs to keep their faint quarter-final dreams alive.

Harold Wood captain Craig Perrin insists his side can take plenty of positives from the shortened season after a fifth place finish.

It was a thrilling end to the league season on Saturday afternoon, but ultimately a frustrating one for Upminster as they missed out on the Ten Doeschate Division title in heartbreaking fashion at Chelmer Park.

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