Essex defeated Somerset by 196 runs. Earning their first LV=Insurance County Championship victory at the Cloud County Ground, Chelmsford, in 11 months. Sam Cook, Simon Harmer, and Jamie Porter verified the result.

Before Simon Harmer and Porter finished off the tail with two more wickets each to record match figures of 8 for 178. Fast bowler Cook claimed two in two with the new ball.

Sam Cook took two wickets in two with the new ball
Sam Cook took two wickets in two with the new ball 

Somerset patiently batted in the hopes of extending their innings to 151 overs. For scoring 466 runs to win. But they were eventually bowled out for 269 with two sessions still to play.

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Between September 2018 and September 2022, Essex went undefeated at Chelmsford despite only winning two Championship games at home.

The umpires, players from both teams. In Taunton, 19 played cricket for Bishops Hull Cricket Club. From Under-11 through Under-15, Grace O’Malley Kumar, now 19 years old, played and captained Essex Women.

After being bowled out for 167 with a first-innings advantage of 295 on the third evening. Somerset had displayed incredible tenacity and fight to give themselves a chance to save a draw. But Tom Kohler-Cadmore’s dismissal on the day’s last ball turned the tide decisively in Essex’s favour.
The second new ball was about to come through, which would be detrimental to the visitors.

Sam Cook only needed two balls to dismiss Abell for 83 runs with a delicate edge behind, and the next ball, a wobble-seamed delivery, nipped off the seam and into Kasey Aldridge’s off stump.

Rew soon fell to Harmer, who had shared the fresh nut, after Craig Overton manoeuvred a hat-trick ball that tickled the outside edge. Left-handed Rew drove at the off-spinner. But Alastair Cook. Expertly caught the edge at first slip.

When Craig Overton turned Harmer around the corner, Matt Critchley made an equally stunning catch at leg slip.

With 22 points against Somerset’s 2, Essex maintains its lead in the Championship race.

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Essex defeated Somerset by 196 runs with scores of 462 for 9 wickets (Critchley 121, Khushi 56*). And 170 for 7 wickets (Critchley 52, Aldridge 4-36).