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Bob Willis Trophy final: Essex in control despite Tom Lammonby century

Tom Lammonby hit a fine hundred for Somerset but quick wickets for Essex leaves them in charge of the final

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Bob Willis Trophy final: Essex in control despite Tom Lammonby century

Essex rejoice at dismissing Tom Lammonby after the young opener scores a hundred

Essex 337/8 v Somerset 301 & 227/7

The match is far from complete, and many more twists and turns will emerge over the course of Day Five however Essex have got themselves in a position of superiority thanks to scoring more in the first innings. In the event of a draw, a tie-breaker option will award the Bob Willis Trophy to the county which leads on first innings, as long as there were two fully-completed first innings. Thanks to their morning escapade with the bat on, Essex were able to put the pressure back on Somerset, leaving them with the simple requirement of winning the match outright to take the title.

Cometh the hour, cometh the man. Whenever Essex needed a wicket, Jamie Porter stood up and took on the challenge. Made to work hard for his four-fer by Somerset, Porter dislodged their middle order, each dismissal coming at a timely interval, with Somerset quick to push the score along where they could. Yet alongside a restrictive Simon Harmer, Essex were able to stop the flow of runs and take charge of the contest.

Score a daddy century. Take brilliant catches. Alastair Cook once again showed what a class cricketer he is, throwing himself high to his left to take this corker off Porter.

Three centuries in three Bob Willis Trophy matches is the kind of return you'd expect from an in-form pro, not a 20-ear-old lad making his way in the game. Yet in challenging conditions and with his team needing to up the score rate, Tom Lammonby struck his third hundred in as many First-Class games. So good is he when he gets going that every time he's reached fifty he's gone on to reach triple figures. On this occasion, Lammonby offered a solid defence against the new ball before unleashing an array of gorgeous shots, stepping up the pace after passing his half-century, even taking on excellent spin bowling of Simon Harmer.

You really don't want to miss out on this one. After a condensed season following the global pandemic, the red-ball summer all comes down to this single day's play. Will Somerset be able to take all 10 Essex wickets, or are the current county champions going to take the silverware? Tune in at 10:30am (BST) on Sunday to find out.

Essex and Somerset face off in the Bob Willis Trophy at Lord's

Essex and Somerset face off in the Bob Willis Trophy at Lord's

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