Live Somerset vs Essex, County Championship title decider, day four: live score and latest updates
Pitch inspection at 11.30am
Here's what Somerset director of cricket, Andy Hurry, told the BBC last night:
It's important for us to turn up in the right frame of mind. We've put too much on the line, for too long a period to wave the white flag. This summer there's been some amazing cricket, there have been some huge twists and turns. Anything can happen, we've got to keep believing.
They're disappointed they didn't get in any cricket today, but they're buoyant, they're up for it, there's belief there and that's important to make sure we bring that tomorrow.
This is great
Fair play to @SomersetCCC in their final pre-day game of football... theyâ€™re doing it properly!!!! ðŸ˜‚ pic.twitter.com/nXM5E7Oi1a— Charles Dagnall (@CharlesDagnall) September 26, 2019
It's an ill rain ...
The weather has caused the abandonment of Durham vs Glamorgan without a ball being bowled on day four and hence Gloucestershire and Northamptonshire are promoted from Division Two along with Lancashire.Â
You're going to like this ...
It's raining at Taunton. A light shower but no chance of starting on time now.Â
We've had a summer of miracles but we're not in summer, or Kansas, anymore. Any hopes that Somerset had of forcing a victory to take their first County Championship title were ruined by yesterday's washout and have dwindled to naught. Of course it would be possible to take 20 Essex wickets in six hours and have a thrash inbetween innings but even given the demolition of certainty by this season's dramatics, one would expect little more than a coronation procession for Essex who would, if course, be worthy champions.
Still, Somerset will push hard. A couple of overs fromÂ Overton and Gregory and then the three spinners will get to work.
Play will begin at 10.30am with Essex on 25 for no wicket, 178 behind and 10 (essentially 20) wickets in hand.Â
Here's the forecast:Credit: Met office