[caption id="attachment_895808" align="alignnone" width="628"]<img class="size-full wp-image-895808" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/Essex-win_County-Championship-Twitter-Resized.jpg" alt="" width="628" height="376" /> Essex, who had won the T20 Blast last weekend, completed a double by winning the County Championship. Twitter/CountyChamp[/caption] <p></p> <p></p>Essex won England's County Championship for the second time in three years after holding off a spirited charge by Somerset on the final day of the season on Thursday. <p></p> <p></p>After over 200 overs had been lost over the first three days of the match, second-placed Somerset needed to take 20 Essex wickets on the final day for an improbable first ever County Championship title after making 203 in their first innings. <p></p> <p></p>Essex were cruising to a double -- after also winning the T20 Blast last weekend -- when former England captain Alistair Cook saw them beyond lunch for the loss of just one wicket. <p></p> <p></p>After Cook fell for 53, the visitors collapsed from 102-1 to 141 all out with England spinner Jack Leach taking 5-32. <p></p> <p></p>Somerset then forfeited their second innings in the small hope of skittling Essex out again for less than 62. <p></p> <p></p>However, Cook saw his side through with 30 not out before the teams shook hands on a draw with Essex 45-1. <p></p> <p></p>"We knew it was going to be a dogfight with the state of the wicket," said Essex captain Ryan ten Doeschate. <p></p> <p></p>"We knew it was prodigiously turning and needed some calm heads at the end there. I wasn't nervous, but you never know when the wicket is spinning like that. <p></p> <p></p>Another former England great, Marcus Trescothick, also made a fleeting farewell appearance when he came on top field for the final few overs. <p></p> <p></p>Trescothick, 43, was playing for the final time for Somerset after a 26-year stay but had to settle for second in the Championship for the fifth time in 10 seasons.