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  1. ‘Somerset need at least two wickets with the new ball’

    Varun Chopra

    Essex batsman on BBC 5 Radio Live Sports Extra

    Somerset have to strike with this new ball, they have to get at least two wickets to put themselves in a good position to bowl Essex out.

  2. Vipers make strong start in Rachael Heyhoe-Flint final

    Southern Vipers 53-0 (13 overs) v Northern Diamonds

    A quick reminder this isn’t the only final taking place today.

    At Edgbaston, it’s the inaugural Rachael Heyhoe-Flint final between Southern Vipers and Northern Diamonds.

    Vipers were put into bat earlier and so far, have made it past 50 unscathed.

    Georgia Adams leading the way with 43 not out.

    You can follow all thathere with live radio commentary and text updates.

  3. Essex 8-0

    Browne 4, Cook 4

    That may be the shot of the match!

    Alastair Cook pumps Josh Davey through mid-on with the straightest of bats.

    But next ball the former England captain is beaten by a beauty. Four from the over.

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    Jay Morais:So it all comes to this last day of The Bob Willis Competition! Somerset & Essex the 2 best teams for sure. Essex favourites as they have 2 ways to win. But this Somerset bowling attack can do this! Got to get Cook early. Zumerset la la la 🙂

  5. Essex 4-0

    Browne 4, Cook 0

    Four streaky runs off Craig Overton’s first over. Overton looks fired up.

  6. Essex 4-0

    Browne 4, Cook 0

    Nick Browne slashes at a wide one from Craig Overton to start and it flies past third slip and down to the boundary.

    Browne then plays and misses. Nervy times out there for the out-of-form Essex opener.

  7. ‘All set up for a fascinating new ball burst’

    Varun Chopra

    Essex batsman on BBC 5 Radio Live Sports Extra

    The ball was quite old and Somerset were always going to come quite aggressively at Essex this morning.

    Somerset will be happy with how those eight overs went moving the score along nicely.

    It’s all set up for a fascinating new ball burst from the Somerset bowlers.

    The top order batsmen for Essex will look to play the ball on the merits.

  8. The players are making their way back out at Lord’s.

    Nick Browne and Alastair Cook have the task of seeing off this new ball for Essex.

    Alastair Cook Nick Browne

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    Happy with that declaration Somerset fans? Essex supporters, do you want to see your side go and try and win the game?

    Who is going to be the matchwinner?

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    Simon Crumper:Bob Willis Trophy final on the BBC red button. Weather ok. Should be a good final day.

    It’s all set up for a cracker Simon.


    Somerset 272-7 (lead by 236)

    Craig Overton smashes Simon Harmer to the long off boundary to move to 45 and that’s enough. Somerset declare with a lead of 236.

    Essex need 237 to win off 80 overs.

    Somerset need to bowl them out to be champions. A draw hands Essex the trophy courtesy of their better first-innings score.

    Alastair Cook Craig Overton

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  12. Somerset 264-7

    Lead by 228

    Expensive over from Jamie Porter. 13 off it, including that big six by Craig Overton.

  13. ‘Somerset are playing it right’

    Vic Marks

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Radio 5 live Sports Extra

    Somerset are playing it just about right.

    It’s very hard to get boundaries here, it’s not that sort of pitch and you’ve got five or six men on the boundary.

  14. for Overton

    Somerset 257-7 (lead by 221)


    Craig Overton swats Jamie Porter over cow corner for a big maximum. They’re going for it now.

  15. Somerset 251-7

    Overton 30, Davey 12

    What a bit of fielding that is from Paul Walter!

    Craig Overton launches Simon Harmer towards the long-on boundary, it’s going for six, but Walter scoops it back with one hand and back into play. They run two.

    Five off the over in total.

    Paul Walter

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    Paul Walter

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    Paul Walter

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  16. Somerset 246-7

    Lead by 210

    Somerset are dealing in singles. Four of them off Jamie Porter’s over, plus a leg-bye. Porter had a shout for lbw against Josh Davey but it looked to be sliding down.

  17. Somerset 241-7

    Overton 23, Davey 10

    Plenty of singles available with this field Adam.

    Four of them off Simon Harmer’s over as the lead grows to 205.

  18. Post update

    Adam Williams

    BBC Sport at Lord’s

    Peculiar passage of play to start the day this.

    I thought Essex would come out and have a go at knocking over these last three Somerset wickets quickly to set up the target, but Tom Westley has gone ultra-defensive and stuck lots of fielders back on the rope.

    They’re happy to let Somerset build this lead for now.

    A draw will give them the trophy, but Jamie Porter was speaking last night that they would be going all out for the win.

  19. Somerset 237-7

    Lead by 201

    Just a single to Josh Davey off Jamie Porter’s over.

    Definitely a hands in pockets sort of morning…

    Simon Harmer

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    Martin P Wilson:Somerset might be tempted to gamble and put Essex straight in this morning. They can only win by bowling Essex out. So challenge them with a gettable total, maximise bowling time

    Essex have nothing to lose by playing slow & batting for a draw.

    Well, they’re batting on for now at least.


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