How Gooch guided Essex to glory

“Graham Gooch’s season began with a century against Cambridge University and he struck five more before the summer was over…Salim Malik scored six Championship hundreds; only one was worth less than 160.

It came down to the final match with Essex ahead by 12 points. Here they were prepared to risk defeat for victory. But was the pitch too juicy?”

Patrick Kidd on the Championship race of 1991 and the role played by one of England’s finest batsmen. The latest issue of The Cricketer is available in shops now or subscribe here.

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