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Jamie Porter has been studying the Specsavers County Championship form with the eye of an optimist as Essex approach the halfway point in their title defence.

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.

Bring up bugs, cookies and daemons in a chat and you’ll likely leave your friends scratching their heads.

Middlesex one-day captain Steven Finn has been speaking after his side’s six wicket defeat by Essex at Radlett CC in the Royal London One-Day cup on Thursday.

Essex matchwinner Tom Westley has been speaking after hitting an impressive 134 off 119 balls as the Eagles beat Middlesex by six wickets at Radlett CC in the Royal London One-Day Cup.

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).

The Chelmsford club head to the Ageas Bowl looking to make it back-to-back wins in the 2018 County Championship Division One

Former Essex and England captain Graham Gooch says members of the current squad can force their way into the national team this season, writes Lee Power.

England’s men face a tough semi-final against hosts Australia at the Commonwealth Games after suffering a last-gasp defeat in their final group game.

England’s hockey men came from two goals down at half-time to beat Wales and book a place in the semi-finals at the Commonwealth Games in Australia.

England’s women made it two wins from two on the Gold Coast with success in their Home Nations battle with Wales.

Harry Martin was among the goalscorers as England’s men beat Malaysia 7-0 in their opening match at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

The Excel Women’s Centre in Barking saw their first cohort of Creative English students graduate today.

Barking’s Al Madina mosque celebrated its 30th anniversary on Saturday with an awards evening recognising the work of community champions.

Q&A: Headteacher Janis Davies

Friday, October 27, 2017

Championing and helping young people achieve their dreams motivates Janis Davis. Currently headteacher of Sydney Russell School, she feels privileged to be part of the evolving borough

New Zealand pace bowler Neil Wagner has travelled halfway around the world to answer Essex’s call and share again new-ball duties with Jamie Porter at the business end of the season.

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.

Lancs v Essex: Day one washed out

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

The first day of Essex’s crucial Specsavers County Championship match at Old Trafford was washed out by heavy rain.

Eagles miss out on last-eight spot

County Championship Division One: Yorkshire 113 & 150 lost by eight wickets to Essex 231 & 34-2

Wickets tumble at Scarborough

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