Sam Cook awarded Player of the Match for Somerset clash


Your votes saw Sam Cook win the Player of the Match award following Essex’s Vitality County Championship Division One fixture against Somerset at the Cooper Associates County Ground.

Cook, who ripped through the hosts’ batting line-up late on Day One with a return of 5/38, received 53.9% of votes in the poll on Essex Cricket’s X page.

The other half of his fearsome seam duo, Jamie Porter, finished second with 31.6%, while all-rounder Shane Snater took 9.6% of votes and returning captain Tom Westley earned 4.8%.

It is the second time Cook has received the Player of the Match recognition, having previously done so following the Eagles’ first match of the season away to Nottinghamshire.

The Chelmsford-born 26-year-old now has 14 five-wicket hauls in his first-class career, totalling 290 scalps in the format at an eye-catching average of just 19.19.

In a low-scoring encounter, Essex eked out a 28-run first-innings lead by bowling Somerset out for 128, but were narrowly unable to defend a second-innings target of 167 as the hosts won by three wickets.

Anthony McGrath’s side are now top of Division One on 74 points heading into their bye week, with fixtures against Warwickshire and Kent to come before the end of May.

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Demand remains exceptionally high, and there are now only 15% of tickets remaining across all seven home fixtures, with two already sold out.

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