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While the senior Essex team have endured a summer of recurring travails, most notably in a parlous Vitality Blast campaign, the fortunes of the second eleven have been in stark contrast: they stand on the threshold of the County Championship-T20 double.

Jamie Porter has been studying the Specsavers County Championship form with the eye of an optimist as Essex approach the halfway point in their title defence.

The 38-year-old, who last played for the club in May, will go to Canada for three weeks between June 28 and July 17 to help coach at Vancouver Knights

Essex Eagles head into Thursday’s Royal London One-Day Cup play-off match against Yorkshire Vikings brimming with confidence after three consecutive wins in the competition.

Essex captain Ryan ten Doeschae has been banned for two matches, the England and Wales Cricket Board’s cricket discipline committee have confirmed.

Essex head coach Anthony McGrath was disappointed to see most of the final session of their second day against Lancashire fall victim to a heavy rain shower on Sunday.

Lancashire and Essex are locked in an intriguing and evenly poised Specsavers County Championship match after two days at Emirates Old Trafford.

Essex seamer Sam Cook was generally pleased with his side’s efforts on the first day of their County Championship match against Lancashire at Old Trafford.

It was honours even after an enthralling opening day of the Specsavers County Championship match between Lancashire and champions Essex at Emirates Old Trafford.

Having secured a home tie in the quarter-finals of the Royal London Cup by beating Kent Spitfires emphatically on Wednesday, Essex turn their attentions back to the red ball when they travel to Old Trafford to face Lancashire.

Matt Coles has only played one Royal London One-Day Cup match at Chelmsford in a red Essex Eagles shirt, but already The Cloudfm County Ground feels like home.

Essex head coach Anthony McGrath called his side’s County Championship defeat to Yorkshire ‘crazy’ but backs his men to bounce back.

Essex batsman Alastair Cook was pleased to get to spend to some time at the crease as their rain-affected match at Hampshire ended in a draw on Monday.

Anthony McGrath’s team got off the mark last weekend and will be boosted by the availability of an England legend this week

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.

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

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.

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

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

Jamie Porter will make his second trip of the winter to the Desert Springs Resort this weekend keen to make up for lost time with the Lions.

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