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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