County Championship: Durham want 108 extra runs to beat Essex

Sam Cook


Sam Cook equalled his career-best first-class score and then took two top-order Durham wickets
LV= County Championship Group One, The Cloudfm County Ground, Chelmsford (day three):
Essex 96 & 330: Walter 77, Lawrence 76, Allison 52; Carse 5-82
Durham 259 & 60-3: Burnham 31*; S Cook 2-6
Durham (5 pts) need 108 more runs to beat Essex (3 pts)

Durham need 108 more runs to beat Essex with seven wickets in hand after a rollercoaster day three at Chelmsford.

Essex led by just 45 overnight on 208-6, but career-best scores from Paul Walter (77), Ben Allison (52) and Sam Cook (37) helped them to 330 all out, Brydon Carse taking 5-82.

Set 168 to win, Durham lost Will Young and Alex Lees for nought, and David Bedingham for 18 as they fell to 20-3.

Scott Borthwick and Jack Burnham then took the visitors to 60-3 at stumps.

Essex resumed with a slender lead and the chances of a first Championship home defeat since September 2018 increased when Ben Raine trapped Simon Harmer with the third ball of…