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Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Barking captain Ehsan Afzal is looking forward to the new challenges of playing in the Shepherd Neame Essex League next season.

In September, Essex County Cricket Club became the first team to win both the Vitality Blast and the Specsavers County Championship in the same season, and to celebrate their historic achievement, Dave Nash, a renowned local artist, has painted a mural in Chelmsford dedicated to the remarkable double.

Essex will play their Champion County match against the MCC in Sri Lanka next March.

Essex have announced that captain Ryan ten Doeschate has signed a one-year contract extension and will stay with the club until the end of the 2020 season.

Cricket: Bopara to leave Essex

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Essex have confirmed that Ravi Bopara is set to leave the county after failing to agree terms on a new contract.

Essex have announced that Feroze Khushi, Aron Nijjar, Shane Snater and Paul Walter have all signed contract extensions with the club.

Essex County Cricket Club's Aron Nijjar has the photographic evidence as proof of the most memorable week in his cricket career.

Simon Harmer has this afternoon been named as the winner of the Cricket Writers' Club's County Championship Player of the Year Award for 2019, presented in association with William Hill.

Simon Harmer claimed a hat-trick of awards as double winners Essex celebrated a stunning 2019 season at their gala dinner at Chelmsford on Friday night.

Sir Alastair Cook has promised title-winning Essex at least one more season after admitting his junior colleagues keep him young.

Essex skipper Ryan Ten Doeschate pinpointed the desire of the players as pivotal to adding the Specsavers County Championship title to Vitality Blast glory.

Essex were crowned 2019 Specsavers County Championship title winners after a rain-shortened, yet ultimately compelling, fourth day of the deciding match against Somerset at the Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton.

Ekota Cricket Academy celebrate All Stars

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Ekota Cricket Academy celebrated completion of the summer All Stars Cricket Programme with an awards night for young participants and their parents, writes Emdad Rahman.

Rain washed out Somerset's bid for a first ever title on the third day of the Specsavers County Championship with Essex at the Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton on Wednesday.

Roelof van der Merwe breathed life into Somerset's title challenge on a rain-affected second day of the Specsavers County Championship match with leaders Essex at the Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton.

Sam Cook and Simon Harmer struck double blows for Essex before rain washed out play with only 27.5 overs bowled on the opening day of the Specsavers County Championship title decider against Somerset at Taunton.

Barking & Dagenham College's cricket team coach Kanan Thiyagarajah has been named Essex County Coach of the Year by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) Coaches Association.

Simon Harmer promised that Essex Eagles would temper their Vitality Blast celebrations ahead of what could be the biggest week in their 143-year history as they attempt to add the 2019 Specsavers County Championship to their collection.

Simon Harmer reasoned his decision to keep Ravi Bopara at number six was vindicated by the former England all-rounder helping Essex Eagles to Vitality Blast glory.

Skipper Simon Harmer was the hero as Essex Eagles won a last-ball thriller to clinch their first Vitality Blast T20 title at Edgbaston.

Essex Eagles are through to their first Vitality Blast final after a comfortable 34 runs win over Derbyshire Falcons in the second semi-final at Edgbaston.

Ravi Bopara can't really make up his mind if he's excited about the Vitality T20 Blast Finals Day or not.

Essex Eagles will be appearing in Vitality Blast Finals Day for the first time since 2013 when they meet Derbyshire on Saturday at Edgbaston.

Essex captain Ryan ten Doeschate admitted it felt good to be back at the top of the County Championship table after their innings & 40-run win over Surrey.

Simon Harmer spun Essex to the brink of the Specsavers County Championship title with seven wickets as reigning champions Surrey were despatched by an innings at Chelmsford.

Dan Lawrence crafted his first Specsavers County Championship century of the season to put Essex in a strong position as the race for the title heads for its dramatic denouement.

Essex's established new-ball attack of Jamie Porter and Sam Cook shared what spoils were going on the first day at Chelmsford as the tense Specsavers County Championship title race took several more twists and turns.

Essex embark today on the 11 days that will decide the success of their season.

Essex face Surrey in the penultimate County Championship match of the season at the Cloudfm County Ground on Monday, with Anthony McGrath's side looking to record their ninth Championship win of the season.

Tom Westley led the way with 237 runs in the match as Essex batted out for a draw against Warwickshire in the Specsavers County Championship Division One at Edgbaston.

Essex batsman Tom Westley was pleased to pass three figures on day three of their County Championship clash at Warwickshire on Thursday.

Cricket: Essex batsmen forced to dig in

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Warwickshire advanced to the brink of Division One safety after Essex were forced into a dogged rearguard action on the third day of their Specsavers County Championship Division One tussle at Edgbaston.

Essex's title challenge encountered a major obstacle in the form of a marathon maiden century from Warwickshire batsman Matt Lamb on the second day of their Specsavers County Championship Division One match at Edgbaston.

Essex captain Ryan ten Doeschate paid tribute to his bowling attack after a frustrating day at Edgbaston.

Essex frustrated by Warwickshire batsmen

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Title-chasing Essex encountered stern resistance from relegation-threatened Warwickshire on the opening day of their Specsavers County Championship tussle at Edgbaston.

If it's September in the Specsavers County Championship garden it must be time for that hardy perennial Jamie Porter to produce a late-summer flourish.

An Essex XI beat Upminster by 63 runs in their annual benefit match to avenge their 2018 loss in front of a big crowd in Upminster Park.

Ardleigh Green & Havering and Woodford Green both won on the last day of the Shepherd Neame Essex League Division Three season, but Goresbrook lost at champions Leigh.

Essex head to Upminster for their annual benefit match on Sunday, having booked their place at the Vitality Blast T20 finals day in superb style in midweek.

Ryan ten Doeschate praised the efforts of Ravi Bopara after Essex Eagles booked their place at the Vitality Blast T20 finals day on Wednesday night.

Ravi Bopara hit four sixes in a stunning 39 not out off only 18 balls to take Essex to a fifth Vitality Blast Finals Day as they chased 160 to beat Lancashire by six wickets with four balls remaining at Durham's Emirates Riverside in a thrilling quarter-final.

Essex Eagles enter unknown territory when they face Lancashire Lightning at the Emirates Riverside in the quarter-final of the Vitality T20 Blast tonight (Wednesday) as underdogs and with the weight of history pressing against them.

Essex Eagles face Lancashire Lightning in the quarter-finals of the Vitality Blast on Wednesday at the neutral setting of The Emirates Riverside, home to Durham.

Barking captain Ehsan Afzal described it as an amazing way to cap off a good season as they bagged both the T20 Cup and the Caribbean Cup at the weekend.

Essex Eagles all-rounder Ravi Bopara hailed his side's qualification for the Vitality Blast T20 quarter-finals as 'the most incredible of my career'.

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