17th SEPTEMBER 2017
Essex were crowned County Championship Champions, for the first time in 25 years, after Somerset had beaten Lancashire at Taunton on Thursday.
Essex had to wait 24 hours before news from Taunton had come through to confirm Essex as Champions, 12 months after being crowned Division Two Champions.
At Edgbaston Essex won the toss and put Warwickshire in to bat. The home side recovered from 14-2 to make 201 with Dom Sibley top scoring with 76. For the visitors Jamie Porter took 4-62 and Simon Harmer 4-74. Essex declared their first innings on 369-9 with Varun Chopra falling two short of a century, Dan Lawrence 78 and James Foster 68. Warwickshire struggled in their second innings and were eventually bowled out for 112 with Porter continuing his remarkable season with 3-37 and Sam Cook 3-42 as Essex wrapped up victory by an innings and 56 runs to record a win inside three days and record their eighth win of the campaign. Remarkably Essex won the Championship with two games to go, in a season where the Championship was reduced to 14 games.
31st AUGUST 2017
Essex have a 36-point cushion at the top of the table after completing a 179 run victory against Somerset at Chelmsford.
Essex won the toss and elected to bat first. They were bowled out for 159 with Nick Browne making 44. For the visitors Craig Overton took 4-40 and Paul van Meekeren picking up 4-60. Somerset slumped to 10 for 2 but were rescued by 51 from James Hildreth before being bowled out for 164. Jamie Porter was the pick of the Essex attack, taking 5-40. In their second innings Essex made 293 with Adam Wheater hitting 88, Browne 83 and Ryan ten Doeschate 67. Requiring 289 for victory the visitors were always struggling and eventually were dismissed for just 109 with Porter claiming 7 for 55, to claim match figures of 12-95 to enhance Essex’s claim to be crowned County Championship Champions.
The Club have also announced that tenDoeschate has returned back to South Africa, for personal reasons.
13th AUGUST 2017
Essex’s hopes of reaching the knockout stages of this Seasons NatWest T20 Blast competition is back on track after the Eagles defeated Gloucestershire by 3 wickets with 21 balls to spare today at Bristol, after the hosts had won the toss.
Jamie Porter took career-best figures of 4-20 in the T20, as the home side who were put in to bat made 121 for 8, with Ian Cockbain top scoring with 32. Essex, thanks to Varun Chopra’s 44 reached their target for the loss of seven wickets. At 96 for 7 the visitors were struggling, but thanks to an unbeaten 11 from Simon Harmer and an undefeated 18 from Walter’s eased Essex to victory, as they moved up to third place in a very tight and congested South Group Table.
12th AUGUST 2017
Ravi Bopara and Mohammad Amir bowled eight overs between themselves, conceding 49 runs, to keep alive Essex’s outside chance of reaching the knockout stages of the NatWest T20 Blast.
Essex’s fourth win of the season lifted them off the foot of the table, but they will still require wins for their remaining three games to stand any chance of qualifying.
Essex, after being put in to bat posted 172-9 in their 20 overs with Adam Wheater hitting 43 off 21 balls. Natan Sowter, Middlesex’s 24-year-old leg spinner took career-best T20 figures of four for 23. Middlesex fell short of their target, after Paul Stirling fell early on for a single. A partnership of 56 between Eoin Morgan(37) and George Scott(34) edged Middlesex closer to their target, but Ravi Bopara claimed the wicket of Morgan before Ashar Zaidi bowled Scott in the 18th over. Middlesex required 26 of the last over with three wickets left. Paul Walter’s last six balls went for 18, but it wasn’t enough for the visitors as Essex held their nerve for victory.
8th AUGUST 2017
Essex made it six wins from nine Specsavers County Championship games, and moved 49 points clear at the top, after completing an eight-wicket victory against Yorkshire at Scarborough.
Essex chose to bowl and skittled out the hosts for just 113. Only Adam Lyth offered any resistance with 68. For the visitors, Mohammad Amir took 5-18 with Jamie Porter picking up 3-44. Essex made 231 in their first innings with Skipper Ryan tenDoeschate making 88. Yorkshire fared little better second time around, being dismissed for 150 despite 70 from Jack Leaning. Amir, made in ten wickets in the match with second innings figures of 5-45. Porter also contributed with 4-41. Essex were left with the simple task of scoring 33 for victory, which they duly did by losing just two wickets.
28th JULY 2017
A scintillating 63 off 28 balls from Captain Brendon McCullum and a career best bowling performance of 5-11 from just 3.2 overs from Tom Helm, was sufficient enough for Middlesex to beat Essex by 72 runs in front of a sell-out crowd of 27,000 at Lords on Thursday in the NatWest T20 Blast.
The home side batted first and posted 203-6 in their allocated 20 overs. McCullum’s 63 included five 6’s and six 4’s.McCullum , was helped by a half century from John Simpson. Youngster Dan Lawrence was the pick of the visitor’s attack, picking up a T20 best of 3-21 from his four overs. Essex lost Adam Wheater to the fourth ball of the innings for a duck, and never fully recovered from the early loss. The visitors slumped to 62-6 before James Foster’s 25 ball half century gave them brief hope. Helm came back into the attack to claim the wickets of Foster, Paul Walter and Mohammad Amir in the 15th over. In his following over the 23-yaer-old fast bowler made it four wickets in six balls by bowling last man Dixon, to record his county’s best T20 figures of all time.
16th JULY 2017
Essex suffered a five wicket defeat at the hands of Glamorgan at Chelmsford on Sunday afternoon in the NatWest T20.
Essex batted first and posted 219 for 4 in their 20 overs with Varun Chopra making an unbeaten 103 off 59 balls, his highest T20 score of his career. Glamorgan reached their target off the last ball with Glamorgan needing two to win, bowled by Paul Walter. Craig Meschede cut the ball for six to grab the points for the visitors. Glamorgan had Colin Ingram to thank for getting close to their target. Ingram, smashed a career-best 114 coming off just 55 balls including nine sixes.
15th JULY 2017
Essex broke their duck in this seasons NatWest Blast T20 competition after completing a 22-run victory against Somerset at Chelmsford on Thursday.
Essex made 170-6 in their 20 overs, with Ryan ten Doeschate top scoring with 56. Somerset fell short of their target as they finished on 148-9, with Simon Harmer taking 3-39 and Paul Walter picking up 3-28. Meanwhile, the club have announced that Tamin Iqbal will be leaving the club with immediate effect due to personal reasons. The club have also announced that opening bowler Matt Quinn has been ruled out for the remainder of the season with a back injury.
9th JULY 2017
Essex suffered a narrow two run defeat at the hands of Surrey at Chelmsford in their opening NatWest Blast T20 campaign on Friday.
Surrey made 188 for 8 in their 20 overs with Dominic Sibley making 61 and Aaron Finch 56. Despite 75 from Ravi Bopara the Eagles fell short of their target. With 10 needed off the final over Tom Curran picked up the crucial wickets of Bopara and Ashar Zaida to seal victory. On Sunday Essex suffered another loss in the competition, after going down to Kent by seven wickets at Beckenham.
Essex made 166 for 8 in their allocated 20 overs with Varun Chopra hitting 47 and Bopara 45. James Neesham picked up 3 for 37 for the home side. Kent reached their target with nine balls remaining after a fine unbeaten 90 off 55 balls from Daniel Bell-Drummond. Meanwhile, Essex have announced the signing of Bangladesh opening batsman Tamim Iqbal for the next eight games of the NatWest T20 Blast.
22nd JUNE 2017
Essex maintained their position at the top of Specsavers Division One, after completing their fourth win of the season after a comprehensive innings and 164 runs victory against Warwickshire at Chelmsford.
Essex won the toss and piled on the runs, eventually declaring on 541 for 9. Nick Browne and Ravi Bopara added 127 for the 4th wicket with Browne making 84. James Foster joined Bopara and the pair put on a record stand of 229 for the 6th wicket against Warwickshire. Foster was eventually dismissed for 121 with Bopara making 192- his first century in the championship for three years.
Warwickshire were bowled out for 283 with Jeetan Patel making 71. Simon Harmer took 6 for 92. Following on 258 runs behind Warwickshire were shot out for 94 with Harmer taking 8 for 36 to claim match figures of 14 for 128.
17th JUNE 2017
A record 185-run fifth-wicket partnership between Samit Patel and Steven Mullaney guided Nottinghamshire into the Royal London One Day Cup Final, after a five-wicket victory over Essex at Chelmsford.
Essex won the toss and elected to bat. The home side made 370 for 5 with Alistair Cook making 133 from 128 balls with 16 fours, his third century in the competition and 636th run in this seasons One Day Cup. He was ably assisted by Captain Ryan ten Doeschate, who hammered an unbeaten 102 off just 64 balls.
Nottinghamshire reached their target with three balls remaining as Patel and Mullaney ensured Notts reached a Lords Final by chasing down the highest successful run chase in a domestic List A competition.
Essex moved back to the top of the Specsavers County Championship after completing an eight-wicket victory against Surrey at Guildford.
On the opening day of the festival play was delayed until 1.10 after heavy rain fell during the morning. With an uncontested toss Essex elected to put Surrey in to bat. The hosts were bowled out for 399, thanks to a 186 partnership for the fourth wicket between Mark Stoneman and Dominic Sibley. Stoneman, was eventually dismissed three short of a double century with Sibley making 69. Surrey were also indebted to Sam Curran who made a fine 65. Jamie Porter continued his encouraging start to the season by picking up another four wickets for the visitors. Essex replied with 435, with Captain Ryan tenDoeschate hitting 168, who was ably assisted by 64 from Ravi Bopara. For the hosts Mark Footitt claimed 3 for 96. In their second innings Surrey were bowled out for 288 with Ben Foakes finishing on 65 not out. Simon Harmer took 4 for 83 for the visitors. Essex were left 253 to win, which they reached with the loss of just two wickets, thanks to an undefeated 108 from Tom Westley and 77 from Nick Browne.
Surrey drew their latest Specsavers County Championship Division One match against Essex at Chelmsford. The top two early runners in the division went head to head at Chelmsford.
Surrey were in total disarray when they slumped to 31 for 5, but were rescued by a sixth wicket stand of 191, with Sam Curran making 90 and Kumar Sangakkara 200. The visitors were eventually bowled out for 369. Sangakkara’a remarkable form with the bat this season continued as he scored his fifth consecutive first class century. For Essex Jamie Porter was the pick of the attack, taking 4 for 89. Essex were bowled out for 383 with Dan Lawrence making 107. Earlier in the game the youngster received his county cap. For Surrey, on debut Amar Virdi picked up three wickets. In their second innings Surrey declared on 260 for 9, after bad light cut the final session short, with Sangakkara falling 16 short of yet another century for the brilliant Sri Lankan.
Essex recorded an innings and 97 runs victory over Hampshire inside three days at Chelmsford on Sunday afternoon in the Specsavers County Championship Division One.
Despite Nick Browne being dismissed for a duck, a partnership of 243 for the second wicket between Alastair Cook and Tom Westley rescued the home side. Cook continued his early season purple patch to make 124 with Westley hitting 111. For the visitors Kyle Abbott was the pick of the attack, taking five for 58. Hampshire were in disarray at 18 for 5, before Lewis McManus 39 and Abbott with 36 pulled Hampshire round before they were bowled out for 115 with James Porter claiming five for 24. Essex had no hesitation in enforcing the follow on with Hampshire again struggling. They mustered just 148, being bowled out inside 48 overs with Simon Harmer taking three for 23 to lead Essex to the top of the Division.
Essex booked a home semi-final against the winners of Somerset or Notts in this seasons Royal London One-Day Cup competition, after finishing top of the South Group following a 57 runs victory on the D/L method against Kent at Canterbury on Wednesday.
Kent won the toss and inserted Essex in to bat. The visitors compiled 307 for 6 in their 50 overs with Varun Chopra making 83 and Alastair Cook 54, along with a cameo innings of 49 off 40 balls from Ravi Bopara. The hosts had reached 50 for 3 in the 11th over when heavy rain washed out the rest of the day. At the time, Kent were well behind the par total of 108. Essex’s semi-final will take place at the CloudFM County Ground on Friday 16th June with a 1.30 start time.
Essex moved back to the top of the Royal London One-Day Cup South Group, after completing a 72 run victory against Somerset at Taunton.
Somerset won the toss and put Essex in to bat. The visitors made 334 for 6 in their allotted 50 overs with Tom Westley scoring a hundred, Ravi Bopara an undefeated 92 and Alastair Cook 65. Somerset fell short of their target after being bowled out for 262 with Jim Allenby top scoring with 77. For Essex, Neil Wagner and Simon Harmer both picked up three wickets apiece. With just one game remaining, Essex lead the table by two points from Somerset with a better net run rate.
Essex continued their push towards the semi-finals of this seasons Royal London One-Day Cup competition, after completing a comprehensive seven wicket victory against Middlesex at Chelmsford on Friday.
Essex won the toss and put Middlesex in to bat. The hosts slumped from 54 for 1 to 117 for 9. Only a last wicket stand of 31 between Steven Finn and Ravi Patel took Middlesex to a below-par total of 148, inside just 41 overs. Paul Walter claimed career-best one day figures of 4 for 37 with Jamie Porter also picking up career-best one day figures of 4 for 40. Alastair Cook saw Essex through to their fifth win in six as the game ended with more than 20 overs remaining. Cook finished unbeaten on 67 to guide Essex home to a comfortable win and almost certainly end Middlesex’s interest in the competition.
Essex completed a ten-run victory against Sussex in the Royal London One-Day Cup competition at Chelmsford on Wednesday.
The visitors won the toss and put Essex in to bat. In their 50 overs Essex made a competitive 295 for 7. The hosts slumped to 19 for 3 after Jerome Taylor picked up a hat trick, but centuries from the inform Alistair Cook 109 and Captain Ryan ten Doeschatre 102 enabled Essex to post a winnable total. Sussex fell narrowly short of their target despite 66 from Chris Nash and 61 from Stiaan van Zyl and an entertaining cameo of 45 from Jofra Archer. Paul Walter was the pick of the Essex attack after finishing up with 3 for 45 as Sussex were bowled out for 285. Meanwhile, overseas bowler Neil Wagner, has flown home to Ireland to join up with the New Zealand one-day squad ahead of their Tri-Series against Ireland and Bangladesh.
Essex lost their first match in this seasons Royal London-One Day Cup competition, after suffering an agonising one run defeat at Glamorgan at Cardiff.
Glamorgan won the toss and elected to bat. The hosts made 281 for 7 in their 50 overs. They were indebted to Colin Ingram who made 142 off 130 balls. For Essex, Neil Wagner took 4 for 58. Essex’s reply started badly when Nick Browne and Tom Westley were both dismissed with just two runs on the board. 124 from Varun Chopra and 56 from Ravi Bopara rescued the visitors, but in the end the hosts held their nerve to record a very narrow victory, as Essex finished on 280 for 9.
Essex made it three wins out of three in this seasons Royal London One-Day Cup competition, after completing a 29-run victory against Gloucestershire at Chelmsford on Thursday.
The visitors won the toss and inserted Essex in to bat. The hosts made 315 for 8 in their allocated overs with Alistair Cook leading the way with 127. For the visitors, Chris Liddle took 4 for 54. Despite 90 from opener Phil Mustard and 79 from Ian Cockbain, the visitors fell short of their target with Ravi Bopara taking 3 for 34.
Essex completed a one wicket victory against Surrey in their latest Royal London One-Day Cup game at the Kia Oval on Tuesday.
Surrey won the toss and elected to bat. The hosts were bowled out for 210 with former Essex player Ben Foakes finishing unbeaten on 77. Matt Quinn and Ravi Bopara picking up three wickets apiece. Essex slumped to 12 for 3, but were rescued by 34 from Tom Westley. Bopara contributed with the bat by making 36 before a fine unbeaten 44 from Simon Harmer won the game for the visitors who reached their target with just four balls remaining.
Essex opened up their Royal London One-Day Cup Campaign with a 25 run victory against Hampshire at Chelmsford.
Hampshire won the toss and put Essex in to bat. The hosts made 304 for 7 in their 50 overs with Tom Westley making 93 and Ashar Zaidi smashing an unbeaten 72 off just 40 balls. Hampshire were bowled out for 279 with half centuries from James Vince and George Bailey. Neil Wagner took 4 for 41 for the hosts. Meanwhile, South African spinner Simon Harmer has signed a two-year contract extension, keeping him at the club until the end of the 2019 season.
Specsavers County Championship Division One Day One
Friday 21st April 2017
Peter Moore at Lords
Centuries from openers Nick Gubbins and Sam Robson put Middlesex into a strong position after the opening day of their County Championship match against newly promoted Essex at Lords.
On an uncontested toss, Middlesex made a bright start to their second Championship match of the season. Openers Nick Gubbins and Sam Robson put on an undefeated 105 for the opening wicket at lunch, with Robson reaching his half century off 67 balls. Essex thought they had the wicket of Gubbins when he had made 38, after he edged a ball to first slip where Alistair Cook appeared to claim the catch, only for umpire Paul Baldwin to be totally unmoved by the appeal. The morning session belonged to the home side with Robson 63* and Gubbins 40* who both looked comfortable against an Essex attack which struggled on a very flat wicket, despite the wicket having a green tinged look about it.
After lunch Gubbins brought up his 50 with a gentle push down the ground. His half century coming off 110 balls. Robson moved on to his century, which he brought up with a nudge down to third man off Ravi Bopara. Robson’s century was compiled of 140 balls, which included nine fours.
Essex Captain Ryan ten Doeschate brought himself on to bowl in the 50th over, with Dan Lawrence shortly afterwards, who became the seventh bowler Essex used, but to no effect as the openers tucked into the visitors attack with ease. Gubbins joined his opening partner with a century to his name. His three figures were posted off 192 balls with 13 fours and two sixes.
With tea approaching, and just four deliveries remaining, Essex claimed their first wicket of the match when Gubbins edged behind to Wheater off Aaron Beard for 101. At tea Middlesex had reached 241 for 1 with Robson undefeated at the crease on 131. When bad light brought a premature end to the days play at 4:38, Middlesex had reached 255 for 1, with Gubbins 144 not out.
Essex claimed their first victory in Division One of the Specsavers County Championship, after completing an eight wicket victory against Somerset at Taunton.
The hosts won the toss and decided to bat first. They were bowled out for 209 with Peter Trego top scoring with 48. For Essex Ashar Zaidi took 3 for 17. Despite 52 from former England Captain Alistair Cook, the visitors were dismissed for 129. Leading by 80 on first innings Somerset were bowled out for 174. Essex’s New Zealand test bowler Neil Wagner taking 6 for 48. Requiring 255 to win, Essex reached their target with comfortable ease thanks to a fine century from Cook, who eventually was dismissed for 110.
An outstanding rear guard action from 19 year-old Dan Lawrence ensured Essex escaped with a draw against Lancashire in their opening Specsavers County Championship Division One game at Chelmsford.
Lancashire won the toss and elected to bat first. The visitors made 319 with Dane Vilas making 74. Neil Wagner and Aaron Beard took three wickets apiece. Essex without Alastair Cook, due to a hip injury, were dismissed for 159 with Ravi Bopara top scoring with 46. Alex Davies hit an unbeaten 140 with Vilas unbeaten on 92 when the visitors declared their second innings on 317 for 2. Essex were set an improbable 477 to win, but held out for a draw at the close on 316 for 6 to claim a highly creditable draw.
Essex County Cricket Club fixtures for the forthcoming season, as Essex return back to Division One