3rd over: Essex 16-0 (Brown 12, Cook 4) Overton is bowling fast, but Browne is up to the challenge, two consecutive boundaries through the attacking field, through midwicket and straight back drilled towards the media centre.
Glyn Thomas on that frieze “Jonny Bairstow attempts to convince the entire England team that they should definitely review – even though the ball clearly pitched two feet outside leg stump.”
2nd over: Essex 8-0 (Brown 4, Cook 4) Davey from the pavilion end. Cooks pushes elegantly at Davey and it rockets all the way to the boundary. Later, a half appeal for a caught behind sticks in their throats. Cook is the one they want.
Romeo, how does he do it?, has found the details on the sculpture relief, though I like Wild&HomelessBooks analysis: “Great Moments in Cricket History #53. Potential England captains wait in line to be interviewed by the selectors ahead of the 1988 series against the West Indies.”
1st over: Essex 4-0 (Brown 4, Cook 0) Browne decides to wildly upper cut Overton for four first ball past the slips. A surprisingly sprightly choice. Lots of encouragement from the three slips who harry to the other end after the sixth ball.
Overton to Browne….
Essex need 237 to in a minimum of 80 overs. Or rather, Somerset need to bowl them out for less – a draw, remember, hands Essex the trophy. Game on!
75 overs: Somerset 264-7 (Overton 39, Davey 14) Overton powers Porter for a huge six that crashes into the bill board inches away from the camera man, the over before Paul Walter somehow got a hand to another kapow at long-on, but couldn’t hold on. I don’t want you to think I’m obsessed with food but just having an early elevenses with a slice of my mum’s most delicious apple cake – surely the best thing in the world to do with windfalls. Also happening today, the Rachel Heyhoe Flint Trophy Final, which you can watch on Sky with radio coverage on the BBC.
72 overs: Somerset 240-7 (Overton 23, Davey 10) A slow start, apart from an elaborate reverse-sweep by Davey for four to get the blood pumping. Essex have spread the field, content with slow accumulation and the gentle ticking off of time. It’s as cold out there today as it has been all match.
There will be a minimum of 90 overs in the day with two overs lost between innings.
Sam Cook finishes the last ball of his over left from last night. And the Lord’s scoreboard hasn’t woken up yet this morning, so bear with me..
The pavilion bell tolls, Overton and Davey shadow bat at the left of the pavilion, Essex chat at the right as they wait for the umpires
Meanwhile… any suggestions?
Here we are, the leaves crispy, the flowers blousy and the men’s cricket season drawing to a full stop, the final day of this strangest of seasons. Best of all, the game could still go either way – Essex in the driving seat, winners if they draw, but Somerset, bowling attack unplayable when on song, still right in the mix.
The forecast is for light cloud until five when the dark clouds roll in- so hold on for an arse-nipper under floodlights with the umpire’s light meter on hand for added jeopardy. Fill your mug and join us, we’ll be here all day.