BBC.com – England Test opener Alastair Cook kept himself in good form with a fourth first-class half-century of the summer to help county champions Essex rally against Lancashire at Old Trafford.

Summary

  • England Test opener Alastair Cook kept himself in good form with a fourth first-class half-century of the summer to help county champions Essex rally against Lancashire at Old Trafford.
  • But Cook (58) and Tom Westley (41) both went in a burst of wickets before Ryan ten Doeschate (43) took Essex to 221-6.
  • Before rain ended play for the day early in the final session, Essex owed most of their score to two fine partnerships.
  • Cook was dropped at slip off Joe Mennie by his former England opening partner Haseeb Hameed, and Wheater was put down in the slips off Jordan Clark while on nought by Cook’s current England opening partner Keaton Jennings.
  • That came at the end of a highly entertaining afternoon session which began with Mennie (3-40) and Onions taking four wickets in nine overs as Essex went from 114-1 at lunch to 214-6 at tea.


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