Having secured a home tie in the quarter-finals of the Royal London Cup by beating Kent Spitfires emphatically on Wednesday, Essex turn their attentions back to the red ball when they travel to Old Trafford to face Lancashire.
Joe Clarke delivered a perfectly timed message to the England selectors before they choose the side for the opening Test against Pakistan with another superb century in the Specsavers County Championship Division One clash with Essex 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).