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Essex win County Championship: Chris Silverwood wants to build a dynasty

PUBLISHED: 14:04 15 September 2017 | UPDATED: 14:04 15 September 2017

Essex captain Ryan ten Doeschate leads his team off after beating Warwickshire. Picture: PA

Essex captain Ryan ten Doeschate leads his team off after beating Warwickshire. Picture: PA

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Essex head coach Chris Silverwood hopes his players can build a legacy to match former club greats after they lifted their first County Championship title since 1992.

Last season’s Division Two winners lifted their first top-flight crown for 25 years after a comprehensive victory over Warwickshire on Thursday, coupled with Lancashire’s defeat to Somerset today.

Essex beat Warwickshire by an innings and 56 runs and Silverwood wants the current generation to be held in the same esteem as the era of Graham Gooch and Keith Fletcher, when the club won six County Championship titles between 1979 and 1992.

He said: “Everyone talks about the Fletcher era with Essex. What I would love people to be doing in 20 years is talking about this era.

“Your Jamie Porters, your Dan Lawrences, your Tom Westleys, I want them talking about them. If they do that it means we’ve left a legacy behind and what more could you ask for?

“We set up with the intention of wanting to make an impression in Division One. But credit to these guys, every game was a must win and then sky was the limit,

“They have shown in abundance the talent that is in that dressing room from the youngsters to the experienced heads. We looked at how do people win Division One and we set our plans for how to do that. Last year the plans worked and this year we have got even better.”

- Porter: We always felt we could win

The county’s former England captain Alastair Cook was at Edgbaston to watch Essex clinch victory by dismissing Warwickshire for 112, to all but relegate the hosts.

Cook has been cleared to play in Essex’s final two games of the season and Silverwood believes the 32-year-old will fulfil an ambition.

He said: “Alastair has spoken to me about the passion he has got, and one of the things he wanted to do was to try and win a Championship with Essex.

“He will be able to tick that off sooner rather than later. Alistair loves playing for Essex and when he comes back he gives so much to the team.”

Captain Luke Chambers wants his Ipswich Town future sorted sooner rather than later but knows the club’s precarious position means he may have to be patient.

Paul Lambert believes striker Ellis Harrison has something to offer his side as the Welshman works towards full fitness.

Callum Connolly expects to take on an Ipswich Town side ‘playing with freedom’ when he makes his return to Portman Road tomorrow afternoon.

Oxford United boss Karl Robinson wants to sign Ipswich Town loanee Jordan Graham as soon as the January transfer window opens.

Ipswich Town take on a Wigan Athletic side including a number of familiar faces tomorrow. ANDY WARREN takes a look.

Ipswich Town’s East Anglian Derby visit to Norwich City will be shown live on Sky Sports.

Today we start a special countdown to Christmas, Ipswich Town style, with the 12 Greats of Christmas - a rundown of the 12 greatest Town players who’ve ever laced on boots, culminating on the big day itself with the Blues’ best-ever.

Ipswich Town have taken up their option to extend Freddie Sears’ contract until the summer of 2020.

Jon Nolan is back in the team under Paul Lambert. STUART WATSON spoke to the midfielder about Paul Hurst’s sacking, stepping up to the Championship and the visit of Wigan.

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