|Bob Willis Trophy, Arundel Fortress (day two)|
|Essex 146-2: Cook 75*, Walter 43|
|Hampshire: But to bat|
Dilapidated England captain Sir Alastair Cook smoothly reached his 182nd firstclass half-century as Essex made 146-2 within the 47 overs conceivable against Hampshire at Arundel.
After no play on day one, Cook appeared in diminutive risk with his 2nd fifty of the Bob Willis Trophy for the South Crew leaders to dwell the day on 75.
He attach on 83 for the key wicket with makeshift opener Paul Walter (43).
Ian Holland and Mason Crane picked up the wickets for 2nd-positioned Hants.
Walter, who has beforehand opened successfully within the 2nd XI, used to be selected to change the rested Slice Browne at the tip of the suppose – on the abet of scores of 33, 46, 33 and a match-winning 27 no longer out up to now in English cricket’s most modern opponents.
The fortify didn’t faze him, as he struck Brad Wheal thru the covers within the third over- and seven extra offside boundaries adopted.
Handiest three of his 43 runs got here on the leg aspect sooner than an early lunch used to be attributable to a heavy shower, which moreover washed out the afternoon session.
When play resumed at 17: 00 BST, left-hander Walter edged Holland to a stooping Tom Alsop at the delivery attach aside hump with the third ball of the restart.
However Cook used to be already playing the form of innings which England supporters bought ancient to watching in his 161 Take a look at fits.
What his innings lacked in glamour, he made up for in substance – as he struck six boundaries on his formulation to a 101-ball half-century.
Cook’s most aggressive interval got here when he twice pulled James Fuller to the boundary with ultimate execution.
Crane picked up his 12th wicket of the season when Tom Westley, following a 61-jog stand with Cook, prodded at the abet of to Lewis McManus with three overs left, nevertheless nightwatchman Jamie Porter guided Cook thru to discontinuance with out any additional injure.
Match anecdote supplied by PA Media.