Essex held on comfortably at Lord’s to win the trophy and once again deny Somerset a red-ball title
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A very modest ceremony takes place. Tom Westley walks up the plinth alone to collect the trophy, before taking it back to his teammates in front of a sprinkling of applauding journalists, photographers and ECB/MCC staff. No champagne, no leaping about. In a nice touch, Westley and Alastair Cook then go straight away to touch elbows with Lauren Clark, Bob Willis’s wife, who designed the trophy.
That really is it for this first-class season, short but perfectly formed as it was. Thanks to you all for reading and commenting; time for a train home. It’s goodnight from Lord’s, and it’s good night from me. Roll on spring!