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  1. Essex 305-8

    Gregory 25-5-65-6

    End of another successful over for Lewis Gregory.

    Aaron Beard is in at 10 for Essex.


    Harmer c Overton b Gregory 0 (Essex 303-8)

    Six wickets for Lewis Gregory!

    It’s a beauty from the Somerset paceman… plenty of bounce, nipping away andSimon Harmerfends it to second slip where Craig Overton takes a sharp catch.

  3. Essex 303-7

    Wheater 10, Harmer 0

    Maiden from Craig Overton.

    How many can Essex get in front? Simon Harmer is pretty handy with the bat – the South African has a couple of first-class centuries under his belt.

  4. ‘Essex will now play almost in a one-day manner’

    Vic Marks

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Radio 5 live Sports Extra

    Jamie Porter is probably disappointed to lose his middle stump but he’ll get his feet up ready for bowling.

    I suspect Essex will now play almost in a one-day manner.

  5. Essex 303-7

    Wheater 10, Harmer 0

    Just a reminder that Essex have 120 overs in this first innings.

    14 left if they can use them up.

    Simon Harmer is the new man in.


    Porter b Gregory 13 (Essex 303-7)

    Middle stump out the ground!

    Lewis Gregory bowls the perfect yorker toJamie Porterand the nightwatchman is on his way.

    It’s a fifth wicket for the Somerset seamer who has 5-63. Porter did his job by taking Essex into the lead.

    Jamie Porter wicket

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    Somerset 301 v Essex 303-6

    A ball from Lewis Gregory goes through Jamie Porter, through the keeper and down to the boundary.

    Essex are now ahead on first innings and will be champions if this game ends in a draw. Still a long way to go obviously.

  8. Essex 299-6

    Porter 13, Wheater 10

    Craig Overton is having no luck out there.

    The big Somerset seamer keeps going past the bat without reward.

    Essex are just two behind Somerset’s first-innings 301.

  9. Essex 298-6

    Porter 12, Wheater 10

    Lewis Gregory oversteps mid-over and concedes a no ball.

    Two more runs chalked off Somerset’s lead, but the rest of the over passes with Adam Wheater defending confidently.

    Time for the first hand-sanitising break of the day.

  10. Essex 296-6

    Porter 12, Wheater 10

    Shot Jamie Porter!

    The Essex dressing room enjoyed that off drive from their nightwatchman as he beautifully times a ball from Craig Overton for four down to the Compton Stand boundary.

    He’s into double figures now and Essex just five runs behind.

    Jamie Porter

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  11. Essex 292-6

    Porter 8 , Wheater 10

    Jamie Porter continues to stand firm for Essex seeing off five Lewis Gregory dot balls before dabbing the last ball of the over down off his back foot into the vacant gully region for a single.

    Essex just nine runs behind now.

  12. ‘The pitch is almost too good’

    Vic Marks

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Radio 5 live Sports Extra

    There’s nothing wrong with the pitch, it’s almost too good. It’s very good for the morale if you’re the batting side.

  13. Weather watch

    If we do go the full distance both today and tomorrow on the final day, it doesn’t look like the weather will change that much throughout.

    In fact, it’s very similar to what we had on Friday.

    More bright sunshine, but some strong winds and a definite chill in the air.

  14. Essex 291-6

    Porter 7, Wheater 10

    Two very crucial boundaries for Adam Wheater in successive balls off Craig Overton take the deficit down to just 10 for Essex.

    Somerset have not had the radar switched on so far this morning.

    Adam Wheater

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  15. Essex 283-6

    Porter 7, Wheater 2

    Another profitable over for Essex courtesy of four more leg-byes and a couple of singles. Lewis Gregory appeals for leg before against Jamie Porter but it was drifting down.

    Six from the over.

  16. Essex 277-6

    Porter 6, Wheater 1

    Craig Overton strays on to Adam Wheater’s legs and the ball flicks off the pad down to the fine-leg rope for four leg byes.

    Wheater then gets off the mark with a push behind point. Jamie Porter also gets his first run of the morning with an awkward fend off the glove.

    For the neutral it won’t be a bad thing if Essex get a small lead because it means Somerset have to make the running for the rest of the game.

    They’re 24 behind.

  17. Essex 271-6

    Porter 5, Wheater 0

    Craig Overton will bowl the first over of day four from the Nursery End. Three slips in place.

  18. Post update

    Somerset 301 v Essex 271-6

    Out come the players at a sunny, yet freezing Lord’s.

    Nightwatchman Jamie Porter and wicketkeeper Adam Wheater will resume batting for Essex.

    31 runs for Essex, four wickets for Somerset. They’re the key numbers if this game were to end in a draw…

  19. Watch, listen, follow

    Every ball covered

    You will once again be able to watch every ball from Lord’s on the live video stream by clicking on the play button at the top of this page.

    There is also radio commentary on BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra at various points throughout the day if you’re on the move, or ball-by-ball commentary from BBC Radio Somerset and BBC Essex.

    You can also follow the ramblings of myself and Adam Williams, who’s in place at Lord’s, in the live text commentary.

    Don’t forget to have your say using#bbccricketon Twitter.

  20. Gregory: “It was nice to see the back of him!”


    Copyright: Rex Features

    Somerset seamer Lewis Gregory helped bring his side back into the game with some wickets with the second new ball, including the prize scalp of Alastair Cook.

    Despite having to watch the former England captain make 172, Gregory felt his side were unlucky.

    “I thought we bowled really well first up,” he said.

    “A couple of edges fell short of the slips and then Cook just did what he’s done for a long time, he churned out the runs and unfortunately for us, he showed why he’s still one of the best.

    “It was nice to see the back of him before the end of the day for sure and hopefully we can get a couple more wickets early in the morning to get a lead.

    “Hopefully, the first 30 minutes will go in our favour and we can build from there.”


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