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Essex v Somerset
County Championship 1976
VenueCounty Ground, Leyton on 1st, 2nd, 3rd September 1976 (3-day match)
Balls per over6
TossEssex won the toss and decided to bat
ResultMatch drawn
PointsEssex 8 (Batting 4, Bowling 4); Somerset 7 (Batting 4, Bowling 3)
UmpiresA Jepson, AGT Whitehead
Close of play day 1Somerset (1) 14/0 (Rose 9*, Denning 4*; 3 overs)
Close of play day 2Essex (2) 103/1 (McEvoy 56*, McEwan 36*)

Essex first inningsRunsBallsMins4s6s
MSA McEvoyc Taylor b Gurr4     
R Herbertc Marks b Botham10     
KS McEwanc Dredge b Botham18     
*KWR Fletcherc Botham b Burgess26     
GA Goochc Taylor b Gurr2     
KR Pontnot out105     
S Turnerrun out4     
RE Eastb Marks42     
+N Smithc Breakwell b Botham126     
JK Levernot out1     
DL Acfielddid not bat      
Extras(4 b, 3 lb, 7 nb)14
Total(8 wickets, innings closed, 100 overs)352
Fall of wickets:
1-12, 2-17, 3-50, 4-62, 5-74, 6-87, 7-135, 8-341
Somerset bowlingOversMdnsRunsWktsWidesNo-Balls
Gurr25   3982--
Botham20   4603--
Burgess16   2501--
Dredge14   2600--
Breakwell10   3320--
Marks15   3381--

Somerset first inningsRunsBallsMins4s6s
BC Roseb Turner58     
PW Denningc McEwan b Acfield52     
VJ Marksc Gooch b Turner0     
MJ Kitchenc McEvoy b Turner7     
IT Bothamb Turner58     
PA Slocombec Lever b East55     
GI Burgessb Acfield7     
*+DJS Taylorc McEwan b East10     
D Breakwellb Lever40     
CH Dredgenot out16     
DR Gurrnot out10     
Extras(5 b, 12 lb, 5 nb)22
Total(9 wickets, innings closed, 100 overs)335
Fall of wickets:
1-109, 2-117, 3-127, 4-131, 5-217, 6-236, 7-254, 8-285, 9-318
Essex bowlingOversMdnsRunsWktsWidesNo-Balls
Lever19   3551--
Turner20   3754--
Acfield38   81312--
East23   4522--

Essex second inningsRunsBallsMins4s6s
MSA McEvoylbw b Burgess61     
R Herbertc Taylor b Dredge7     
KS McEwanc Rose b Dredge105     
*KWR Fletchernot out64     
GA Goochnot out31     
KR Pontdid not bat      
S Turnerdid not bat      
RE Eastdid not bat      
+N Smithdid not bat      
JK Leverdid not bat      
DL Acfielddid not bat      
Extras(8 b, 8 lb)16
Total(3 wickets, declared, 67 overs)284
Fall of wickets:
1-27, 2-51, 3-191
Somerset bowlingOversMdnsRunsWktsWidesNo-Balls
Gurr6   0390--
Botham6   0420--
Burgess19   2601--
Dredge18   2522--
Breakwell10   2350--
Marks8   1400--

Somerset second inningsRunsBallsMins4s6s
PW Denninglbw b Lever0     
MJ Kitchenrun out8     
BC Roserun out47     
VJ Marksc Smith b Acfield98     
IT Bothamrun out37     
GI Burgessb Acfield3     
*+DJS Taylorlbw b Turner0     
D Breakwellc and b Turner3     
PA Slocombec Fletcher b East0     
CH Dredgenot out6     
DR Gurrnot out2     
Extras(5 b, 9 lb, 4 nb)18
Total(9 wickets, 79 overs)222
Fall of wickets:
1-0, 2-16, 3-120, 4-181, 5-188, 6-193, 7-193, 8-201, 9-213
Essex bowlingOversMdnsRunsWktsWidesNo-Balls
Lever20   1691--
Turner18   5432--
Acfield22   4562--
East19   7361--

Notes
--> The first innings of the match was limited to 100 overs; the total overs for both teams first innings was limited to 200 overs
--> RE East (1) passed 4000 runs in County Championship matches when he reached 28
--> N Smith (1) passed his previous highest score of 100 in County Championship matches
--> N Smith (1) passed his previous highest score of 100 in first-class matches
--> MSA McEvoy (2) passed his previous highest score of 18 in first-class matches
--> MSA McEvoy (2) passed his previous highest score of 18 in County Championship matches
--> VJ Marks (2) passed his previous highest score of 55 in County Championship matches
--> VJ Marks (2) passed 1500 runs in first-class matches when he reached 60
--> S Turner reached 450 wickets in first-class matches when taking his 2nd wicket in the Somerset second innings

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