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.
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.
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.
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.
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.