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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.

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.

Essex head coach Anthony McGrath has named a 13-man squad for the first game of the 2018 County Championship season, with Peter Siddle due to make his debut against Yorkshire at Headingley.

Gooch: Fair play to Foster

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Graham Gooch paid tribute to the efforts of veteran Essex wicketkeeper James Foster in their county championship triumph ahead of the 2018 season, writes Lee Power.

There was certainly a sense of anticipation as the curtain raiser to the 2018 season drew ever closer in Barbados.

Cricket: Essex ready to take on MCC

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Wanstead youngster Feroze Khushi could make his first-class debut for Essex as they take on the MCC at the Kensington Oval in Barbados.

Essex lost the second of their three warm-up matches in Barbados ahead of their champions clash with the MCC next week.

Cricket: Foster extends Essex career

Friday, November 10, 2017

Essex County Cricket Club have announced that James Foster has signed a one-year contract extension, keeping him at the club until the conclusion of the 2018 campaign.

Essex (227 & 334-7d) beat Yorkshire (111 & 74) by 376 runs

Nick Browne and Dan Lawrence combined for a century third-wicket partnership that laid the foundations to enhance Essex’s ambition of going through the Division One season unbeaten.

Simon Harmer hit his maiden half-century for Essex, as Steven Patterson and John Brooks took three wickets each to help Yorkshire secure their Division One place for another year on the first day of their last Specsavers County Championship match of the season.

Essex entertain Yorkshire at The Cloudfm County Ground for the final Specsavers County Championship match of the season, looking to end the year unbeaten.

‘Unforgettable day’ for Essex hero Cook

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Essex fast bowler Sam Cook admitted his first five-wicket haul in first-class cricket would live long in the memory.

County Championship Division One: Hampshire 254 & 76 lost to Essex 76 & 362 by 108 runs

Hampshire v Essex: Duo dig in for champions

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Patient half-centuries from Dan Lawrence and Ravi Bopara helped champions Essex into the lead after being forced to follow-on at Hampshire.

Essex head to Hampshire on a high

Monday, September 18, 2017

Champions Essex have named a 13-man squad for their trip to the Ageas Bowl to take on Hampshire in their penultimate County Championship match of the season.

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.

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.

It has become one of the most eagerly anticipated days on the club cricket calendar and this Sunday sees the 20th anniversary of Upminster’s first-ever benefit match against an Essex XI.

Essex head coach Chris Silverwood was pleased to see his side maintain their 36-point advantage in the County Championship after a rain-hit draw with Lancashire.

Essex maintained their 36-point lead at the top of the Specsavers County Championship after their clash with title rivals Lancashire ended in a draw.

Lancashire v Essex: Hameed holds up leaders

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Haseeb Hameed’s unbeaten 85 helped Lancashire battle back from a vulnerable position on day two of their Specsavers County Championship clash with title rivals Essex at Old Trafford.

Table-topping Essex meet nearest rivals Lancashire at Old Trafford in the race for the Specsavers County Championship Division One title on Tuesday.

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