County Championship: Alastair Cook helps put Essex in control over Northants

Alastair Cook
Alastair Cook's average for this season so far is 111
Specsavers County Championship Division Two, Essex County Ground
Essex v Northamptonshire, day one
Essex 335-3: Cook 65; Sanderson 2-79
Northamptonshire: Yet to bat
Essex 3 pts, Northamptonshire 1 pt
Match scorecard

England captain Alastair Cook continued his fine start to the season with a half-century as Essex took control of the first day against Northamptonshire.

Cook (65) started strongly alongside opener Nick Browne (60) as the hosts passed a century for the first wicket.

Tom Westley hit a fluent 64 before he was bowled by Ben Sanderson (2-79), who earlier had dismissed Browne.

Ravi Bopara (57 not out) and Dan Lawrence (44 not out) saw Essex to 335-3 at stumps.

Northants also conceded 45 extras, including 28 no-balls.