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Cricket: Essex champions honoured by County Council

PUBLISHED: 14:44 06 April 2018 | UPDATED: 14:45 06 April 2018

Essex players and staff were honoured at a special reception at County Hall in Chelmsford (pic Paul Starr)

Essex players and staff were honoured at a special reception at County Hall in Chelmsford (pic Paul Starr)

PAUL STARR Photographer

Essex County Cricket Club’s championship winning players and employees celebrated their historic victory with a special ceremony at County Hall on Thursday night.

Essex cricketers Simon Harmer and Nick Browne with Cllr John Aldridge and Christine Aldridge (pic Paul Starr)Essex cricketers Simon Harmer and Nick Browne with Cllr John Aldridge and Christine Aldridge (pic Paul Starr)

As the club prepares to defend their County Championship title, the chairman of Essex County Council, Cllr John Aldridge hosted a celebration to remember.

The club’s new President, David Acfield, who played more than 400 first-glass games for Essex and won four championships, also gave a speech at the event.

Cllr Aldridge said: “No one in Essex with an interest in the sport will have missed our county’s eighth championship victory last summer and the first since 1992.

“As the club celebrate their incredible success as County champions, I was delighted to host the players and employees to thank them on behalf of the county and to wish them well before they start their season away at Yorkshire next week.

Essex County Council chairman Cllr John Aldridge addresses the Essex players, staff and guests at a special reception to honour the team's success (pic Paul Starr)Essex County Council chairman Cllr John Aldridge addresses the Essex players, staff and guests at a special reception to honour the team's success (pic Paul Starr)

“I know that myself and the rest of Essex will be backing them all the way to retain their title.”

Cllr Vanessa Santamauro with Essex players at County Hall (pic Paul Starr)Cllr Vanessa Santamauro with Essex players at County Hall (pic Paul Starr)

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