Sir Alastair Cook has promised title-winning Essex at least one more season after admitting his junior colleagues keep him young.
Specsavers County Championship
Skipper Ryan Ten Doeschate pinpointed the desire of the Essex players as pivotal to adding the Specsavers County Championship title to Vitality Blast glory.
Darren Stevens hit a remarkable career-best innings of 237 to turn around Kent’s fortunes in Specsavers County Championship Division One against Yorkshire on a record-breaking day at Headingley.
Somerset are in pole position to win a first County Championship title after dismantling third-placed Yorkshire by 298 runs inside three days at Taunton.
Somerset gave their hopes of a maiden County Championship title a huge boost as they completed a nerveless final-day chase to beat Warwickshire by five wickets at Edgbaston.
Essex were frustrated by a spirited tail-end fightback and the weather as they looked to push on on day two against Kent at Canterbury.