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  1. How to follow

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  2. Somserset 29-1

    Green 15, Abell 14

    Aaron Beard goes a touch full on leg stump to Ben Green and he whips him nicely away through backward square leg for four to the boundary in front of the Grand Stand.

    Decent shot that. Something for Beard to ponder as he gets into his spell.

  3. ‘A good tight contest’

    Vic Marks

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Radio 5 live Sports Extra

    It’s a good tight contest, you can sense the nerves particularly in the Somerset camp and the weather is behaving itself.

  4. Somerset 25-1

    Green 11, Abell 14

    Three more runs to Ben Green after another testing Jamie Porter over from the Pavilion End.

    Good inswinging yorker off the last ball is just dug out by Green for a single down to long leg.

    Time for our first bowling change – Aaron Beard is on for Sam Cook.

  5. Somerset 22-1

    Green 8, Abell 14

    Edged from Tom Abell off Sam Cook but it lands just short of the waiting hands of Essex skipper Tom Westley at third slip.

    Decent maiden over for the rest of it and we are through our first 10 overs.

  6. Somerset 22-1

    Green 8, Abell 14

    Tom Abell four

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    Jamie Porter goes a touch too full on Tom Abell’s pads and he whips him through the legside for four.

    Backs it up with a nicely-taken single with a push into the offside.

    Ben Green then gets in on the act with his first boundary of the morning, a handsome straight drive down to the famous Pavilion.

    Somerset starting to settle a touch now.

  7. Somerset 12-1

    Green 3, Abell 9

    Big leg before shout from Sam Cook against Tom Abell as one nips back in to the Somerset skipper.

    Touch high probably and also may have been an iside edge judging from the two sounds that you could just about hear above the sound of building work in the background here at Lord’s!

    Sam Cook

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  8. Somerset 11-1

    Green 2, Abell 9

    Another Jamie Porter maiden over backed up by some pretty impressive fielding from Essex with the odd diving stop in the inner circle.

    That’s three maidens in his first four overs.

    Sam Cook continues at the other end meanwhile.

  9. Somerset 11-1

    Green 2, Abell 9

    Time for our first sanitisation break of the Bob Willis Trophy final.

    The players break away for a short while to rub the hand gel in and also take a quick drink.

    All part of the familiar sights of first-class cricket these days.

  10. Post update

    Apologies for the lack of sound on our live video stream at present.

    Our production team are working on rectifying that as soon as possible.

    In the meantime, you can of course listen to live radio commentary from Lord’s on either BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra or the joint BBC Radio Somerset and BBC Essex stream available at the top of this page.

  11. Darius Plumdon:Somerset select one spinner and they (rightly) go for Leach over Bess. Bess might look the part (as Mr Vaughan always says) but when it comes to actual spin bowling in Leach (& Simon Harmer for Essex) the best 2 in county cricket are playing this game.

  12. Somerset 9-1

    Green 1, Abell 8

    Ben Green off the mark as he pushes the ball into the legside for a smartly-taken single off Jamie Porter.

    Decent contest between bat and ball in these first six overs so far.

    Jamie Porter

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  13. ‘We should see the match played out’

    Ravi Bopara

    Former Essex and England all-rounder on BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra

    I think we will have a result, we will see the match played out but you just never know and that’s why it was a good toss to win.

    Usually the best day to bat at Lord’s is day two or day three.

  14. Somerset 8-1

    Green 0, Abell 8

    Runs on the board for Somerset finally.

    Tom Abell gets fortunate with his first boundary off Sam Cook as it flies safely along the ground through third man.

    Later in the over, he tucks into a short and wide one though and dispatches it brilliantly for four to the point boundary.

    Tom Abell

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  16. Weather watch

    So what has the weather got in store for this first day?

    Simon King from the BBC Weather Centre has the full forecast below.

    I think the best summary I can add is be prepared for anything and everything!

  17. Somerset 0-1

    Green 0, Abell 0

    After that wicket maiden from Sam Cook, Jamie Porter sends down a second of his own from the Pavilion End.

    Still no runs on the board.

  18. ‘Brilliant bowling from Cook’

    Ravi Bopara

    Former Essex and England all-rounder on BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra

    That was brilliant bowling from Sam Cook, keeping it full, he’s started very well.

  19. WICKET

    Lammonby lbw b S Cook 0 (Somerset 0-1)

    Wicket time after just nine deliveries!

    We gave him all the pre-match hype after his back-to-back centuries and decent form in the T20 Blast, butTom Lammonbylasts just three balls and is leg before to Sam Cook for a duck.

    Great start for Essex who have a wicket before a run is scored.

    Somerset skipper Tom Abell on his way to the middle at number three

    Tom Lammonby wicket

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  20. Post update

    Sam Cook then to share the new ball for Essex from the Nursery End with a hive of building activity going on behind him as the new Compton and Edrich Stands continue to take shape.

    Tom Lammonby get to face his first delivery….