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Essex collected their first win of the Specsavers County Championship season when they despatched Lancashire by 31 runs with more than a day to spare at Chelmsford.

Essex’s James Foster says the defending champions have work to do to complete a win over Lancashire at Chelmsford.

A hard-hitting 69 by veteran wicketkeeper-batsman James Foster put champions Essex in control of their Specsavers County Championship game against Lancashire and in line for their first win of the season.

Essex’s Simon Harmer was delighted to see the ball spinning so much at Chelmsford as 18 wickets fell on the first day of their match with Lancashire.

The enduring partnership of Jamie Porter and Simon Harmer bowled Essex back into their opening Specsavers County Championship match of the season after the champions were skittled for 150 inside two sessions by Lancashire’s seamers.

With the sun due to shine relentlessly on The Cloudfm County Ground for the next four days, in marked contrast to the inactivity at Headingley last week, Simon Harmer will relish the buzz of expectation that will herald his every stride to the crease.

Jamie Porter has had a tough winter, but will hope to show it was a blessing in disguise with a good showing against Lancashire this week

The County Championship Division One champions saw their season start without a ball being bowled with Headingley not safe enough for any play

The third day of the Specsavers County Championship match between Yorkshire and Essex at Emerald Headingley went the way of the previous two, abandoned without a ball bowled.

County champions Essex and Yorkshire were subjected to more frustration as day two of their Specsavers County Championship match was abandoned without a ball bowled.

Yorkshire and Essex were left contemplating a soggy start to the new season as the opening day of their Specsavers County Championship match at Emerald Headingley was abandoned shortly after lunch.

Graham Gooch won the County Championship title six times with Essex – as well as all other domestic trophies – during his own hugely successful playing career.

Simon Harmer wants to help Essex stay one step ahead of the opposition as they start out on the defence of their county championship title.

Jamie Porter was keen to make the acquaintance of Essex’s incoming Australian quick, Peter Siddle.

Cricket: Essex ready for title defence

Thursday, April 12, 2018

With the exception of Mohammad Amir – who only played two and a half games in the Championship, albeit one to devastating effect – champions Essex retain the same squad for their title defence.

The Leytonstone-born seamer claimed 75 scalps last season, but has endured some difficult moments since the title success

Former Essex and England captain Graham Gooch says members of the current squad can force their way into the national team this season, writes Lee Power.

Essex head coach Anthony McGrath has named a 13-man squad for the first game of the 2018 County Championship season, with Peter Siddle due to make his debut against Yorkshire at Headingley.

The South Woodford favourite discusses trying to create a dynasty and why he was always going to sign a contract extension with the club

Gooch: Fair play to Foster

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Graham Gooch paid tribute to the efforts of veteran Essex wicketkeeper James Foster in their county championship triumph ahead of the 2018 season, writes Lee Power.

The local youngster looks ahead to the 2018 season, discusses Anthony McGrath’s promotion and reveals his own targets for the campaign

Wicket-keeper discusses new head coach, new assistant coach Dimitri Mascarenhas and his own coaching ambitions

The all-rounder, who earned a professional contract in June 2016, whilst with Hornchurch, is determined to show more improvement this year

The former Oakfield Parkonians cricketer was named as one of Wisden’s five Cricketers of the Year earlier today after a stunning 2017

Essex’s final warm-up match before the Specsavers County Championship season starts on Friday, was reduced to just 66 and a half overs across the weekend.

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