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Cricket: Essex reopen Graham Gooch Centre

Friday, September 28, 2018

The Allen Ford Group Graham Gooch Cricket Centre was relaunched this week and, after significant investment, is now ready for cricket action.

Essex Eagles have a busy schedule of Vitality Blast cricket ahead with three matches in four days, starting with a trip to The Spitfire Ground, Canterbury where Kent Spitfires are the opponents on Thursday (7pm).

Tower Hamlets celebrated the 11th anniversary of their district cricket programme with a special friendly match against the MCC.

Essex’s initial experience of day-night Championship cricket will always be remembered as Harmy’s Match.

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

Worcestershire paceman Josh Tongue gave another demonstration of his rich potential – and in front of ECB Player Pathway scout Geoff Arnold – as champions Essex were dismissed for 177 on day one of the Specsavers County Championship Division One clash at Blackfinch New Road.

Essex prospect Feroze Khushi believes the ECB’s new South Asian Action Plan will help propel plenty more British Asian youngsters into professional cricket.

After an eventful day of 22 wickets, a first-baller for England captain Joe Root, a duck for former England captain Alastair Cook and five wickets for the promising Sam Cook, Yorkshire rose from the ignominy of 50 all out to lead Essex by 69 runs.

England opener Alastair Cook is set to make his first home appearance of the season as Essex meet Yorkshire in the Specsavers County Championship at The Cloudfm County Ground starting today (Friday, 11am).

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

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

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