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Friday, May 20, 2016
Pakistan's bowler  Wahab Riaz during the second one day international match against England at Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Friday, Nov. 13, 2015. (AP Photo/Hafsal Ahmed)

Essex get their NatWest T20 Blast campaign underway this evening when they host Surrey at Chelmsford.

Friday, May 6, 2016
The Essex team head out onto the field for day one of the Specsavers County Championship match at the Essex County Ground, Chelmsford.

Drastic changes are needed to safeguard our domestic game.

Thursday, May 5, 2016
Alastair Cook

Essex and England opening batsman, Alastair Cook has signed a new two-year contract with the club.

Friday, April 29, 2016
Graham Napier, David Masters and Jamie Porter cut meat at a Lebanese street food stall at the Essex County Cricket Club's media day.

Essex secured their second win and extended their lead at the top of Division Two of the ‘Specsavers’ County Championship this week.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Ryan ten Doeschate

Essex picked up the six Northamptonshire wickets they needed on the final day to secure their second County Championship win of the season, by an innings and 92 runs.

Monday, April 25, 2016
Essex's Alastair Cook in action during day one of the Specsavers County Championship match at the Essex County Ground, Chelmsford. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday April 10, 2016. See PA story CRICKET Essex. Photo credit should read: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use without prior written consent of the ECB. Still image use only. No moving images to emulate broadcast. No removing or obscuring of sponsor logos. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.

Alastair Cook made a patient half-century as Essex reached 335 for three to continue their fine start to the Specsavers County Championship Division Two summer by dominating the opening day against Northamptonshire at Chelmsford.

Friday, April 22, 2016
Chris Silverwood

Division Two leaders Essex begin their latest County Championship match tomorrow. at home to Northants, looking to maintain their place at the top of the fledgling table.

Friday, April 22, 2016
Essex's Alastair Cook in action during day one of the Specsavers County Championship match against Gloucestershire at Chelmsford.

This week’s controversy in cricket has been the implementation of ECB-approved helmets, which the England captain, Alastair Cook, has finally agreed to wear.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Jamie Porter

Essex seamers Jamie Porter and Graham Napier sparked a Sussex batting collapse to set up an intriguing final day at Hove on Wednesday.

Monday, April 18, 2016
Tom Westley

Tom Westley continued his productive start to the season with an important 86 as he held Essex’s reply together on the second day of their Specsavers County Championship match against Sussex at Hove.

Monday, April 18, 2016
Graham Napier took three wickets on day one

Chris Nash dedicated the 20th hundred of his career to former team-mate Matt Hobden as Sussex shaded the first-day honours against Essex in Division Two of the Specsavers County Championship at Hove.

Friday, April 15, 2016
Tom Rash (Copdock & Old Ipswichian)

Ahead of the start of the East Anglian Premier League season tomorrow, here is your guide to the five Suffolk clubs, and their respective captains’ hopes for the new campaign.

Friday, April 15, 2016
Bury St Edmunds entertain high flying Frinton at the Victory Ground.
Unsuccesfull big appeal from Mike Comber for David Brent's dismissal

Sudbury’s promotion last season means that five clubs from the Two Counties Championship will be plying their trade in the region’s top league, the Gibbs Denley East Anglian Premier League, this summer.

Friday, April 15, 2016
Chris Silverwood - 05.08.2014 Chelmsford, Essex, Royal London one day cup -  Essex Eagles vs Lancashire Lightning.  Action at the Essex County Ground, Chelmsford, Essex.

It couldn’t have been a better start to the 2016 season for Essex: a comprehensive win in the Championship, a successful pre-season trip to UAE, good runs for their batsmen at Cambridge and a full complement of bowlers to choose from.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Nick Browne

Essex have got off to a perfect start in Division Two of the Specsavers County Championship, with a 10-wicket victory over Gloucestershire.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Alastair Cook

Graham Napier has heralded Alastair Cook’s impact, after the England captain got off to a flying start for Essex this week.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Essex  v Gloucestershire.
Essex County Cricket Ground.

Essex go into the final day just 59 runs short of victory in their Specsavers Division Two clash with Gloucestershire at Chelmsford.

Monday, April 11, 2016
Alastair Cook

Alastair Cook scored his first Championship century since 2014 and shared in a record breaking stand with Tom Westley before Gloucestershire hit back in their Specsavers Division Two match at Chelmsford on Monday.

Monday, April 11, 2016
Reece Topley training at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium. Picture courtesy of George Franks

Suffolk’s Reece Topley could face a prolonged spell on the sidelines after suffering a fractured hand during his debut for Hampshire on Sunday.

Monday, April 11, 2016
Essex  v Gloucestershire.
Essex County Cricket Ground. Essex celebrate after Chris Dent is out from Matt Dixon.

Essex looked poised to take firm control of their duel against their Division Two County Championship rivals Gloucestershire at sunny Chelmsford.

Saturday, April 9, 2016
The Essex T20 Blast squad pose for a selfie during the media day at the Essex County Ground, Chelmsford. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday April 7, 2016. See PA story CRICKET Essex. Photo credit should read: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use without prior written consent of the ECB. Still image use only. No moving images to emulate broadcast. No removing or obscuring of sponsor logos. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.

New club captain Ryan ten Doeschate has backed the club’s new-look bowling attack to produce after proclaiming ‘the cupboard is really full’ at Essex.

Friday, April 8, 2016
Essex County Cricket Club

New Essex head coach Chris Silverwood believes his squad have the firepower to challenge on all three fronts this season.

Friday, April 8, 2016
On the bench: Andre Dozzell (centre) watches the action during the Ipswich Town v Nottingham Forest (Championship) match at Portman Road, Ipswich, on 05 March 2016.      

Picture: Steve Waller       

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On Episode 11 of Sleeping Giants, we look at whether Ipswich Town should give the kids a chance, the Grand National, AFC Sudbury’s potential title-clincher and the start of the cricket season at Essex.

Thursday, April 7, 2016
Essex County Cricketers pose for a selfie on the club's media day.

Wicket-keeper James Foster says a fast start is more important than ever for Essex as they bid to win promotion from division two of the County Championship.

Thursday, April 7, 2016
Essex Cricket Club

Sports writer Chris Brammer looks ahead to the new cricket season as Essex host their annual media day.

Friday, March 11, 2016
Australian bowler Matt Dixon will be playing in Chelmsford next season

Essex have completed their winter transfer business after signing Australian fast bowler Matt Dixon on a two year deal.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Reece Topley

Ipswich wonderkid Reece Topley heads out to the World T20 with England on Friday, having landed an England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) Increment contract for the season ahead.

Sunday, February 21, 2016
Mervyn Westfield (Frinton On Sea)

Suffolk Cricket Club did not hesitate to sign former convicted spot-fixer Mervyn Westfield when his ban was relaxed this week.

Thursday, February 18, 2016
Frinton's Mervyn Westfield bowls to Tyler Lortan during the Frinton on Sea v Bury St Edmunds (East Anglian Premier League) cricket match at Frinton on Sea, Essex, UK on 20th June 2015. Picture: Steve Waller

Banned former Essex bowler Mervyn Westfield has been cleared to return to second XI and minor counties cricket a year ahead of schedule.

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