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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.

In an article from our ‘Year in Sport’ pull-out, the talented opener looks ahead to the new County Championship Division One season and reveals his target

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.

For a man who has won so much, even Alastair Cook is amazed at what Essex have done and explains why it’s a special achievement

Classy batsman reflects on memorable campaign and what the future holds ahead of a trip to Australia with the England Lions squad

In this special heritage long read, Prof Ged Martin looks at the career of Gus Hartley, the first headmaster of the Royal Liberty School.

Tom Westley wants Essex’s present-day champions to create a lasting legacy that stands them alongside the legends of the 1970s, 80s and 90s in the club’s history.

Pretty special says Essex ace Porter

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Essex’s Jamie Porter admitted it felt ‘pretty special’ to be on the brink of the County Championship title after beating Warwickshire at Edgbaston.

Essex virtually sealed their seventh Specsavers County Championship title by completing an innings and 56-run victory over relegation-bound Warwickshire at Edgbaston.

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.

Essex’s advance towards the Specsavers County Championship title has included some spectacular days – and this one took them a big stride towards glory as they built a commanding position against Warwickshire at Edgbaston.

Upminster-Essex benefit match ends in tie

Monday, September 11, 2017

Upminster stalwart John Curtis scored two runs from the final ball to ensure the annual benefit match with an Essex XI ended in a tie on Sunday.

Essex head to Edgbaston to face Warwickshire needing another 37 points to clinch the County Championship title for the first time in a quarter of a century.

As schools reopen for the new term, Prof Ged Martin focuses on the woman who gave her name to one of the borough’s best

Essex bowler Sam Cook says the wet weather in Lancashire will not spoil his County Championship debut.

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