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Steketee strikes three times for Essex

Queensland fast bowler Mark Steketee has claimed three wickets for Essex on the same day Sir Alastair Cook passed 25,000 first-class runs.

Essex had Somerset on the back foot at Taunton on Thursday from the moment opener Ben Green, on 15, aimed a loose drive at Steketee, who claimed his first wicket for the county thanks to wicketkeeper Adam Wheater’s catch.

James Hildreth was third out, caught behind off Steketee as he pushed forward as Somerset slumped to 70-5 at lunch.

And Craig Overton was bowled by the impressive Steketee as Somerset were skittled out for 109 in just 45.4 overs.

The Australian ended with figures of 3-47 off 13 overs.

That gave Cook the chance to reach yet another milestone in his illustrious career as Essex dominated the opening day of the LV= Insurance County Championship match.

The former England captain passed 25,000 first-class runs in his 59 not out as Essex exactly matched Somerset’s total of 109, but for the loss of just two wickets.

Cook passed the 25,000-run landmark with a cut to the boundary off Ben Green, which took him to 35.

AAP with PA

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