Hampshire and Essex Eagles tied for a second year in a row as Adam Zampa ran half-century maker Sam Northeast out from the last ball of a thrilling match.

Ardleigh Green & Havering and Goresbrook both suffered defeats in Shepherd Neame Essex League Division Three on Saturday.

Essex Eagles face Hampshire at The Ageas Bowl in the Vitality Blast on Sunday buoyed by the nine-run victory against Sussex Sharks that keeps the club's hopes of reaching the knockout stages of the competition alive.

The mysterious divergence between Essex's rampant red-ball form and their comparatively tame displays with the white ball has Anthony McGrath scratching his head and struggling for answers.

Essex have announced announce that top-order batsman Varun Chopra has signed a contract extension and will stay with the club until the end of the 2020 season.

Barking captain Ehsan Afzal insists the pressure is all on Aztecs as they head into the final match of the season this weekend.

Essex Eagles inflicted only a second defeat of this season's Vitality Blast on Sussex Sharks on Thursday, having virtually given up all hope of qualifying for the quarter finals after just two wins in 10 outings.

Essex have announced that top-order batsman Dan Lawrence has signed a contract extension and will stay with the club until at least the end of the 2021 season.

Shane Barwick says Goresbrook can be optimistic about the final weeks of the season, following their win over Ardleigh Green & Havering.

Essex make an immediate switch of formats as they return to Vitality Blast action against Sussex, following the sensational Specsavers County Championship victory over Kent.

Essex wicketkeeper Adam Wheater admitted their three-wicket win at Kent in the County Championship was 'hard to explain'.

In its 168 years, Canterbury Cricket Week has never witnessed anything quite like it as Essex overcame a first-innings deficit of 112 to land an astonishing three-wicket Specsavers County Championship win with over a day to spare.

Essex head coach Anthony McGrath is hoping his side can go on to force a result against Kent, despite losing plenty of play to the weather at Canterbury.

Three violent downpours led to a second weather-interrupted day to Kent's 168th Canterbury Week County Championship clash with Essex.

Essex seamer Sam Cook said the County Championship leaders were 'pretty happy' with their first day's work against Kent at Canterbury on Sunday.

Three-wicket bursts by Sam Cook and Mohammad Amir helped Specsavers County Championship leaders Essex to command a rain-interrupted opening day to the 168th Canterbury Cricket Week encounter with Kent.

Goresbrook got the better of Ardleigh Green & Havering at May & Baker to complete a Shepherd Neame Essex League Division Three double over them.

Essex return to red-ball cricket as they travel to Canterbury to face Kent in the Specsavers County Championship, starting on Sunday.

Persistent rain throughout the afternoon and into the evening made it a formality that Essex's Vitality Blast T20 game with Glamorgan would be abandoned without a ball bowled on Friday night.

Essex have announced that youngster Ben Allison is set to join Gloucestershire on a one-month loan starting on Sunday August 18.

Barking captain Ehsan Afzal has demanded consistency from his side as they look to nab the Essex County League Premier Division title in the final stretch of games.

Essex Eagles and Glamorgan are set to meet at The Cloudfm County Ground on Friday night for their Vitality Blast T20 clash.

Goresbrook captain Shane Barwick was in philosophical mood after their Shepherd Neame Essex League Division Three defeat against Woodford Green.

Essex will have gone thirty-three days sitting on top of the Specsavers County Championship without a game by the time they rock up in Canterbury on Sunday; for the fit-again Sam Cook the wait to get a red ball in his hands has been interminably longer.

Middlesex missed the chance to move to the top of the Vitality Blast South Group as their clash with Essex Eagles was washed out.

Essex Eagles continue their Vitality Blast T20 ampaign on Wednesday night when Middlesex come to The Cloudfm County Ground.

Essex have announced that youngsters Ben Allison and Will Buttleman have both signed professional contracts with the club running until the end of the 2020 season.

Woodford Green got the better of Goresbrook in their Shepherd Neame Essex League Division Three contest at May & Baker on Saturday.

Only four overs of play were possible at a soggy Sophia Gardens on Friday night, after Essex, who were put in by Glamorgan, had reached 30-1.

Omar Khan admitted his first match as captain of Barking could not have gone much better, following their 277-run win over Newham in the Essex County League Premier Division.

The all-rounder returned to the side and claimed four wickets, but Eagles suffered a 114-run defeat to Somerset

Vitality Blast Southern Group: Essex Eagles (111) lost to Somerset (225-6) by 114 runs.

Goresbrook captain Shane Barwick was left to bemoan his side's performance with the bat once again after they slipped to a three-wicket defeat at Shepherd Neame Essex League Division Three promotion hopefuls Harlow.

Tom Westley's elevation to the top of the order has given Essex a lift just when their stuttering Vitality T20 Blast campaign needed it most.

Essex Eagles are set to entertain Somerset in the Vitality Blast T20 on Wednesday night in front of a sold-out crowd at The Cloudfm County Ground.

Newham slumped to a crushing defeat at local rivals Barking in their Essex County League Premier Division encounter.

Ardleigh Green & Havering claimed a 60-run win over Woodford Green in Shepherd Neame Essex League Division Three after a fine century from Adam Thain.

Tom Westley scored a brilliant unbeaten half-century as Essex defeated Gloucestershire by 25 runs at the Bristol County Ground to put their Vitality T20 Blast campaign back on track.

Essex all-rounder Paul Walter was disappointed by his side's batting collapse as they suffered an seven-wicket defeat against Hampshire in the Vitality Blast T20 on Thursday.

Mason Crane and Liam Dawson spun Hampshire towards victory at Essex, before James Vince hit a thunderous 87 to give them their first victory at the Cloudfm County Ground, Chelmsford for five years.

Essex Eagles face Hampshire at The Cloudfm County Ground on Thursday and Mohammad Amir has been named in the squad for the first time after having his UK Sporting Visa approved.

Dot balls are the currency T20 bowlers deal in. Adam Zampa may not qualify yet as the king of spin, but he is certainly one of the princes of parsimony.

Essex County Cricket Club have confirmed that Mohammad Amir is now in receipt of his UK Sporting Visa, which will allow him to play against Hampshire in the Vitality Blast T20 at Chelmsford on Thursday.

Vitality Blast South Group: Kent Spitfires (175-6) beat Essex Eagles (153-7) by 22 runs

Goresbrook look set for a mid-table finish in Shepherd Neame Essex League Division Three after a 17-run loss at Westcliff.


To celebrate the launch of Connected Communities, Crowdfunder has teamed up with Trust For London to award £5,000 to five projects making a difference in Barking & Dagenham.

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The Exchange in Ilford has added a state-of-the-art, Savannah-themed play area, with hand painted animal sculptures, to its brand new family zone, designed by American creative agency Playtime

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