England legend Alastair Cook stars as Essex win Bob Willis Trophy

England legend Alastair Cook starred as Essex won the inaugural Bob Willis Trophy after an entertaining final against Somerset.

The five-day match ended in a draw but Essex lifted the title after securing a first-innings lead, largely thanks to Cook’s brilliant 172 off 289 balls.

Somerset set Essex a target of 237 to win on the final day but the county champions batted out for a draw after being reduced to 98-4.

Essex captain Tom Westley said: ‘It’s been a strange year but it’s great to win another title.

‘It’s a special feeling. Somerset played really well, we’re two evenly-matched teams but you can’t look past Alastair Cook’s innings.’

Somerset skipper Tom Abell added: ‘It was a really tight contest. We felt we could win right up until the end but couldn’t quite force a result.

‘It’s disappointing not to win because we thought we had what it takes to take ten wickets but we’ve come up just short.

‘Full credit to Essex, they’re a great team and Alastair Cook was brilliant for them.’

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