Alastair Cook grabs first-rate catch: The former English captain continues to make his presence felt on the field in domestic cricket.
During the third day of the ongoing South Group match for the Bob Willis Trophy between Sussex and Essex in Hove, veteran Essex batsman Alastair Cook grabbed a first-rate catch to dismiss Sussex batsman Aaron Thomason off spinner Simon Harmer.
It all happened on the third delivery of the 77th over when Thomason’s attempt to play a late cut off Harmer saw him hitting the ball to Cook at first-slip. With the ball coming off a slash, its speed made catching a difficult task for the 35-year old player.
Having caught the ball with his right hand, Cook then did well to catch up with the momentum ensuring that the hosts lose their ninth wicket. Thomason, who came in to bat at No. 6 in the 43rd over, ended up scoring 30 (105) with the help of three fours.
It wasn’t long after Thomason’s dismissal that Essex bundled out Sussex for 194 in 77.1 overs. Having scored 57 (82) with the help of 11 fours, Sussex opening batsman Phil Salt top-scored for them.
As far as the visiting bowlers are concerned, Jamie Porter was the pick of the bowlers with bowling figures of 24-7-60-5. Other than Porter, Harmer and Aaron Beard contributed with three and two wickets respectively.
Having dismissed the opposition for less than 200 runs, Essex have failed to gain a significant advantage till now as they’ve lost six wickets for less than 100 runs. Cook, who opened the batting with Nick Browne, scored 20 (62) including a couple of boundaries.
While Essex are at the top of the points table in the South Group, Sussex are reeling at the bottom at this point in time. It is worth mentioning that all team in this group have only played one match till now.
Alastair Cook grabs first-rate catch
Alastair Cook continues to set the standard 🙌
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