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).
Essex head coach Anthony McGrath believes his side need to win all three of their remaining South Group matches in the Royal London One-Day Cup, starting against Glamorgan on Wednesday if they are to maintain their interest in this year’s competition.
An inspired opening spell from Peter Siddle and the spin of Simon Harmer enabled champions Essex to come out on top in a see-saw battle with bottom-placed Worcestershire by 32 runs 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.
Essex head coach Anthony McGrath is urging his players to put the memory of the Yorkshire defeat behind them as they prepare for their next County Championship match which begins against Worcestershire at Blackfinch New Road on Friday.
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).
ampshire batsman James Vince failed to capitalise on a good start in front of England selector Ed Smith, but Jimmy Adams rolled back the years with a watchful half century on another truncated day against champions Essex.
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