Essex 227 (Harmer 64, Brooks 3-56, Patterson 3-66) and 334 for 7 dec (Lawrence 83, Browne 83, ten Doeschate 57) beat Yorkshire 111 (Wagner 3-21) and 74 (Cook 5-20) by 376 runs
Sam Cook, a whole unknown just a fee weeks hence, personified a season of excellence as he took 5 for 20 to skittle Yorkshire for 74 and round off a tumultuous season for Essex where they will have remained unbeaten in the Specsavers County Championship for the very first time within their history.
The champions’ 10th victory of the 14-game campaign was accompanied by resounding applause and sprays of champagne post-match because they received the Championship trophy for the very first time in 25 years. It had been the moment that they had waited for because the title was claimed a fortnight ago if they still had two games to play.
For Yorkshire, who have been in exactly the same celebratory mood just two summers ago, their total was their lowest since 1999 because they succumbed by way of a massive 376-run defeat in only 29 overs. There have been still 25 overs remaining in your day when Matt Fisher was left on his back by Neil Wagner to get rid of the season. It had been aswell they claimed the points necessary to avoid relegation on the initial day otherwise their feeble effort might have been terminal.
Cook, who made his first-class debut for his home county significantly less than 8 weeks ago, had taken a career-best 5 for 18 in the next innings at Southampton within the last game. The next five-fer of his embryonic career came before he returns in a few days to Loughborough University for the ultimate year of his history degree course.
Cook put the skids under a Yorkshire top-order chasing an unlikely 451 to win with four wickets in 32 balls in a six-over, pre-tea burst.
Adam Lyth looked surprised to get out caught behind to Cook’s second ball, and Kraigg Brathwaite played down the incorrect line to be lbw to Porter within the next over. Alex Lees’s middle stump was sent cartwheeling by Cook and Yorkshire were already on an inexorable slide at 17 for three in the sixth over.
Cook claimed his third wicket for 11 runs once the Ashes-bound Gary Ballance fell lbw for five. Jack Leaning was stuck in his crease playing forward and edging to James Foster to provide Cook wicket No4.
Simon Harmer joined the party when Andrew Hodd became his latest lbw victim. Thirty-five for six.
Essex announced at the tea interval that Porter had signed a two-year contract extension taking him to the finish of the 2020 season. He previously a double celebration first ball following the break when he previously Steven Patterson caught behind to claim his 200th first-class wicket for the county.
That preceded Cook’s fifth wicket along with his first ball upon his return for another spell. Jack Brooks hung out his bat and played tamely into Varun Chopra’s hands initially slip. Thirty-seven for six at tea had become 38 for eight.
Karl Carver helped Matt Fisher placed on 34 for the penultimate wicket in nine overs to provide some respectability to the score before he departed lbw for nine. Fisher, who had taken three Essex second-innings wickets for 69, was the only real batsman to create it into double figures. He was the final man to choose 25, caught behind for Foster’s eighth catch of the match, after Wagner had him flailing with a bouncer.
It meant Division One’s leading wicket-takers had shared 147 Championship wickets with Porter at the forefront with 75 from Harmer.
In the beginning of the day, Essex’s overnight second-wicket century stand ended in the fourth over when Dan Lawrence went lbw to provide Coad his 50th and last Championship wicket of the growing season. Lawrence’s 83 originated from 156 balls, sufficient reason for Nick Browne he placed on 139 in 49 overs to lift Essex from 6 for just two 2 on the next afternoon.
Browne followed on a single personal score when Lyth made amends for a hard dropped catch chance once the opener was 59. This time around, Lyth held to a snick at second slip to get rid of Browne’s 166-ball innings that including 11 boundaries. James Foster then became the 10th lbw victim of the match to provide Fisher the initial of three wickets.
That brought together ten Doeschate and Harmer, who placed on 75 in 21 overs for the sixth wicket. Ten Doeschate’s innings was filled with nudges and nurdles, eight of these likely to the boundary, and a ninth clearing the ropes at long leg.
He was finally out straight after lunch, in Fisher’s second over with the new-ball when ten Doeschate tried to withdraw his bat and was caught behind. The partnership with Harmer was worth 75 in 21 overs with the captain departing for a 92-ball 57 with eight fours and a six.
Harmer claimed his second half-century of the match, following his 64 in the initial innings, when he clubbed Fisher through the covers from the 79th ball he faced. The seventh-wicket pair added 42 in eight overs with Neil Wagner, whose bright and breezy 23 originated from 26.before he edged to second slip to provide Fisher his third wicket at an individual cost of 69.
Ten Doeschate called his batsmen in 50 minutes after lunch following second ball of the 96th over, when Porter hit the next of two fours in a five-ball 10. Essex had reached 334 for 7 minus the requirement of the injured Tom Westley to bat.