Lancashire v Essex: Cook will not forget debut

PUBLISHED: 11:32 08 September 2017 | UPDATED: 11:32 08 September 2017

Sam Cook celebrates taking the wicket of Jordan Clark at Old Trafford (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Sam Cook celebrates taking the wicket of Jordan Clark at Old Trafford (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Essex bowler Sam Cook says the wet weather in Lancashire will not spoil his County Championship debut.

After play was washed out on the first day at Old Trafford, the youngster shared the new ball with Jamie Porter and struck in only his fourth over to bowl Liam Livingstone.

And he added the scalp of Jordan Clark to end a 53-run stand for the seventh wicket as the Division One leaders took charge.

Lancashire’s lower order rallied in support of opener Haseeb Hameed, though, to lift their total to 290, but Cook said: “It was really nice to get out there and try and contribute to what has been a really good season for the guys. It was great to make my Championship debut and it was a day I won’t forget for a long time.

“I got into cricket about 11 or 12 and went through the age groups. I’ve been playing for Loughborough while I finish my university studies. It’s going really well.

“I want to make cricket my career and after I finish university that’s what I’m focusing on. That’s all I’m focusing on at the minute and I’m really enjoying it.”

Cook finished with 2-59 from 26 overs, as Porter (5-73) spearheaded the attack once more, with Mohammad Amir and Neil Wagner sidelined.

And the 20-year-old Cook says their help has been invaluable, with no play possible on the final morning and Essex on 108-3, looking to maintain their 36-point lead at the top of the table.

He added: “The wealth of experience that we have around the club, the likes of Mohammad Air and Neil Wagner, people that have played the game all around the world, you just have to try and be a sponge and learn as much as you can.

“You’ve just got to take each session as it comes. But if we take a draw we are still in the box seat definitely.”

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