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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Nick Browne’s eyes light up when he contemplates Essex’s three-day warm-up match against Cambridge MCCU, starting today at Fenner’s.

Cricket: Wagner relishing Cook reunion

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Alastair Cook’s friendly reunion with Essex team-mate Neil Wagner will have to be put on hold when the serious business of England’s first Test with New Zealand starts in Auckland.

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.

Essex will begin the defence of their Specsavers County Championship title with a trip to new head coach Anthony McGrath’s former club Yorkshire on April 13.

Essex confirm Silverwood exit

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Essex have confirmed that Chris Silverwood will leave his position as head coach to take up the role as England’s fast bowling coach in early 2018.

Essex (227 & 334-7d) beat Yorkshire (111 & 74) by 376 runs

Essex spinner Simon Harmer admitted it felt good to contribute with the bat on day one of their Specsavers County Championship clash with Yorkshire.

Simon Harmer hit his maiden half-century for Essex, as Steven Patterson and John Brooks took three wickets each to help Yorkshire secure their Division One place for another year on the first day of their last Specsavers County Championship match of the season.

Essex entertain Yorkshire at The Cloudfm County Ground for the final Specsavers County Championship match of the season, looking to end the year unbeaten.

The reality of what Essex have achieved this season will be made flesh later this week when Ryan ten Doeschate holds aloft the Specsavers County Championship trophy in front of the pavilion at Chelmsford.

County Championship Division One: Hampshire 254 & 76 lost to Essex 76 & 362 by 108 runs

Hampshire’s Fidel Edwards produced a brutal evening spell of fast bowling to take two Essex wickets on a rain-affected third day in the Specsavers County Championship.

Hampshire’s new-ball partners Kyle Abbott and Fidel Edwards gave Essex a champion’s hangover as the Specsavers County Championship Division One winners suffered a batting collapse at the Ageas Bowl.

Essex batsman Varun Chopra paid tribute to his team-mates after they took a big step towards clinching the Specsavers County Championship title on Wednesday.

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