This summer of cricket has been a heaven-made script, almost every game played during this season has been exceptional to watch whether it was the final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 or the Ashes series, the cricket was truly the winner in all cases. Yet another fabulous game was witnessed by the cricketing fans as Somerset almost pulled off a miracle win against Essex.
Batting first, Somerset put up a total of 203 runs on a hostile track at Taunton and their captain Tom Abell took one of the most audacious risks in the cricketing world and forfeited the 2nd innings.
It put forward a difficult, yet not impossible equation for Somerset to achieve. They needed 20 wickets to win the game whereas Essex needed 204 runs to win.
Alastair Cook, Essex’s opening batsman had other plans, he stood firmly between Somerset and the Essex, but after his departure against Jack Leach, the game spun like a cartwheel.
Essex lost 9 wickets for just 39 giving Somerset a sniff of an incredible victory. In the 2nd innings of Essex, Somerset needed 10 wickets to win whereas Essex required 63 runs to win.
Battling on the malicious track, Cook still managed to hold his nerves and helped Essex draw the match, hence securing them the County Championship title. Even by 2019’s standards, a Somerset win would have been truly extraordinary.