JAMIE Porter insists that if Essex win the Bob Willis Trophy by drawing the match it will not diminish the achievement.

Reigning County Champions Essex will loft the trophy if they avoid being bowled out by Somerset on the final day – as a draw will be good enough for them, due to a higher first innings total.

Somerset boast a lead of 191 heading into day five and when asked if drawing the match would sour the achievement the fast bowler said: “If I’m being honest, no!

“It was fairly even this morning when we went out to bat and they had a chance to knock us over without taking that lead.

“Obviously we would look to win the game and we would like to win the game.

“I don’t think it will effect our approach tomorrow, maybe little things like coming off for the bad light means we aren’t disheartened by it.

“In other circumstances you might be thinking about rolling them in the bad light while it is offering a little but under light but coming off doesn’t hurt you as much knowing that light is on our side.”

Porter claimed an impressive 4-51 but spent the majority of the day watching 20-year-old Tom Lammonby compile his third century in as many matches.

Lammonby, who only made his first-class debut last month, struck 117 to draw comparisons of current England Test opener Rory Burns from Porter.

“I think he looks like Rory Burns in the way he played with the strength on the leg side, albeit with a more pleasing setup on the eye,” Porter said.

“I was really impressed. I probably didn’t show it while I was bowling at him but he played some shots off my bowling where I bowled a good ball that he hit for four. Only good batters do that.

“The confidence for a young lad to come out and bat like that in such a big game was very impressive and I am excited to see what the future holds for him.”