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Joe Clarke delivered a perfectly timed message to the England selectors before they choose the side for the opening Test against Pakistan with another superb century in the Specsavers County Championship Division One clash with Essex at Blackfinch New Road.

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.

Ryan ten Doeschate believes Essex can use their shock defeat by Yorkshire to kick-start their defence of the Specsavers County Championship title, starting today at Worcester.

Ben Coad and Steven Patterson blasted out four Essex wickets in the space of 23 balls without score to set up one of the most incredible comeback victories in Specsavers County Championship history.

Steven Patterson’s four-wicket evening burst put Yorkshire on the brink of an extraordinary Specsavers County Championship victory at Chelmsford after being bowled out for just 50 on the opening day.

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.

Ravi Bopara resisted the opportunity of the early birthday present of a first-class century when he could have selfishly opted for an early-evening thrash at the Ageas Bowl.

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).

Alastair Cook began his summer with a composed half-century to allay worries over his form but missed out on three figures as Essex drew with Hampshire at the Ageas Bowl.

Jimmy Adams missed out on his first Specsavers County Championship century of the season as bad light frustrated both Hampshire and Essex at the Ageas Bowl.

Hampshire and Essex could only manage an hour’s play before rain stunted progress during the first day of their Specsavers County Championship fixture at the Ageas Bowl.

Tom Westley has the trophy, caps and scars to show for a rollercoaster year.

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.

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