Essex secured a domestic double as it followed up its T20 Blast triumph by clinching the County Championship title with a draw against Somerset at Taunton.

Somerset – having taken nine wickets in 20 overs – elected to forfeit its second innings in the rain-affected title decider, leaving Essex 63 runs to win the match from the last hour and seven minutes of play.

England spinner Jack Leach applied pressure from the off as Somerset aimed to win the title in the most dramatic fashion by taking 10 quick wickets, but Alastair Cook and Nick Browne held firm to nudge Essex to 38-0.

On his final appearance of a 27-year career, former England batsman Marcus Trescothick came on as a substitute fielder for Somerset, and his introduction sparked a wicket – Browne edging Dom Bess to second slip.


There was to be no miracle, though, with Somerset captain Tom Abell electing to concede the draw with five minutes remaining and Essex - who only needed to avoid defeat - 18 runs short of its victory target.

Trescothick was given a guard of honour by Essex's triumphant squad as he left the field, leaving the visitor to celebrate its second County Championship title in the space of three seasons.