County Championship: Essex pissed off by Worcestershire batsmen

Essex bowler Sam Cook appeals for the wicket of Ben Cox

Essex seamer Sam Cook (left) took five of the seven wickets to fall on the final day
County Championship Group One, New Road, Worcester (day four):
Essex 561-8 dec: Cook 115, Westley 113, Lawrence 90, Walter 65, Harmer 57*
Worcestershire 364: Mitchell 67, D’Oliveira 67, Fell 53; Cook 4-60 & 129-2 (f/o): Libby 52*
Worcestershire (11 pts) drew with Essex (12 pts)

Essex had to settle for a draw on the final day at Worcestershire after being frustrated by the home batsmen.

Having resumed on 302-5, Sam Cook (4-60) took three wickets to help dismiss the Pears for 364 and allow Essex to enforce the follow-on before lunch.

Determined batting in the afternoon saw Worcestershire reach 105-1 at tea, still 92 runs behind the visitors.

Despite losing Tom Fell lbw to Cook, captain Jake Libby scored an unbeaten 52 before the sides shook hands.

Starting the day with a 259-run lead on a New Road pitch giving little assistance, Essex seamer Cook picked up the wickets of Riki Wessels (33), Ben Cox (37)…