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    Last edited by PostmanPissed; 08-02-2018, 02:50 PM.

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ID:	64409Founded: 1876

    Ground: County Ground, Chelmsford

    Honours:-
    County Champions:1979, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1991, 1992, 2017
    Division Two: 2002, 2016
    Sunday/Pro 40 League: 1981, 1984, 1985, 2005, 2008
    Division Two: 2008
    One Day Trophy: 1985, 1997, 2008
    B&H Trophy: 1979, 1998

    Captain: Ryan ten Doeschate
    Vice Captain: Tom Westley
    Current Squad

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    Nick Browne
    Varun Chopra
    Alastair Cook
    Feroze Khushi
    Dan Lawrence
    Tom Westley

    Wicket Keepers
    James Foster
    Adam Wheater
    Michael Pepper

    All Rounders
    Ravi Bopara
    Ryan ten Doeschate
    Ashar Zaidi
    Callum Taylor
    Paul Walter

    Bowlers
    Aaron Beard
    Matt Coles
    Sam Cook
    Matt Dixon
    Simon Harmer
    Aron Nijjar
    Jack Plom
    Jamie Porter
    Matt Quinn
    Shane Snater
    Neil Wagner
    Peter Siddle (Reserve)
    Adam Zampa (T20)

    A lot of talent in this squad in all departments. In the batting department obviously we all know the talents of England's all time run scorer Alastair Cook, Tom Westley got his England chance during 2017, and Dan Lawrence is a big talent. Behind the stumps we have James Foster, considered the best gloveman in English county cricket. Foster will be fighting for the keeper position with Adam Wheater, who returned to Essex last season, having left in 2012 to spend four seasons at Hampshire. All rounders Ravi Bopara is an ex test and one day player for England, Captain Ryan ten Doeschate is a real all rounder in all formats, and there is emerging talent Paul Walter. The bowling department can be deadly on their day, Jamie Porter leads the way as last seasons leading wicket taker in the County Championship, joining him in the strike attack is New Zealand international Neil Wagner. South African Simon Harmer is another capable of taking a lot of wickets. A talent to watch out for is fast-medium bowler Sam Cook who burst on the scene with 20 wickets in the final four games of Essex's 2017 title winning season. Waiting as reserve is Aussie international Peter Siddle.

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      University Match

      7th,8th,9th April 2018
      Cambridge University won the toss and elected to bat.
      Cambridge University 1st Innings
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        Essex 1st Innings
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          Cambridge University 2nd Innings

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            James Foster, considered the best gloveman in English county cricket.


            He is now that Chris Read has retired

            Nice intro mate, I will be following.
            Proudly supporting Nottingham Forest and Nottinghamshire CCC.

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              Essex 2nd Innings
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              Result:Essex won by 9 wickets

              MOM: Jamie Porter

              A good score Cambridge University opener Weaver, but they were pegged back in their first innings by the Essex bowling attack, especially off spinner Simon Harmer. Essex's top order batted sloppily at the start of their 1st innings, but good knocks by Ravi Bopara and James Foster allowed a declaration. The Essex bowlers, lead by Jamie Porter, ripped through Cambridge Uni leaving a small total for the batsmen to claim victory.

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                Originally posted by MarksNotts View Post
                James Foster, considered the best gloveman in English county cricket.


                He is now that Chris Read has retired

                Nice intro mate, I will be following.
                Lol, thanks.

                Fozzie's downfall was that he wasn't consistent enough with the bat for England, but it showed how good he was, and how important for Essex behind the stumps when Adam Wheater left to go to Hampshire. Wheater wasn't prepared to just be a batsman, and moving gave him the opportunity to get behind the stumps. Upon returning to Essex at the start of last season Wheater was prefered for the keeper role over Foster, who with possibly one eye on his future, had taken up a coaching role at his old school. However poor form in the first few games from Wheater allowed Foster back in, which he kept his place for the rest of the championship season, and played a massive part in Essex winning their first championship in 25 years.

                He went off to coach in Canada from June to mid July to further his coaching experience, but has been a mainstay behind the stumps again this season.

                I will be genuinely disappointed when Fozzie calls it a day, a loyal and passionate player for Essex over the last 18 years.

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                  COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION ONE

                  DATE: 13, 14, 15, 16th April

                  VENUE: Headingley Cricket Ground, Leeds

                  Yorkshire won the toss and elected to bat.

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                    Essex 1st Innings

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                      RESULT: Match Drawn

                      MOM: Johnny Bairstow

                      Centuries by Adam Lyth and Johnny Bairstow ensured the White Roses put a big first innings total on the scoreboard. Apart from a century by Alastair Cook, the only other decent knock came from Dan Lawrence, so Essex posted a mediocre first innings score, and were forced to follow on. Typical Yorkshre weather intervened during days three and four, allowing Essex to see out the game to a draw without being under too much pressure.

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                        COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION ONE

                        MATCH TWO

                        DATE: 20, 21, 22, 23 April

                        VENUE: County Ground, Chelmsford

                        Essex won the toss and elected to bat.

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                          Lancashire 1st Innings
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                          Young bowler Sam Cook was drafted into the side to replace Matt Quinn.

                          A second century in two matches by Alastair Cook was the main reason Essex posted a decent first innings score. Apart from Cook and Tom Westley the top order failed to get themselves in the runs again, and it was some tail end resilience by Simon Harmer and Neil Wagner that provided a decent total. With the weather very cloudy, the run rate was slow during the Essex innings, so it was up to the bowling attack to progress the game if Essex wanted to get on top. Wagner and Harmer did for the Lancashire top order, and Jamie Porter cleaned up the tail to give Essex a 125 run advantage.

                          Time was running out. so a decision had to be made how big a lead do we want, and when will be the declaration?

                          The declaration came midway through the morning session on day four, a 301 run lead was posted. The pitch was now uneven and turning, so advantage to the Essex bowlers. Between them Wagner, Harmer and youngster Cook cut through the top order, with only Hameed and Vilas digging in. Harmer claiming the match winning wicket of England paceman James Anderson.

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                            COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION ONE

                            DATE: 27, 28, 29, 30 April

                            VENUE: Ageas Bowl

                            ESSEX HAMPSHIRE
                            Alastair Cook James Adams
                            Varun Chopra Joe Weatherley
                            Tom Westley Hashim Amla
                            Dan Lawrence James Vince
                            Ravi Bopara Rilee Rossouw
                            Ryan ten Doeschate (c) Sam Northeast
                            James Foster + Lewis McManus
                            Simon Harmer Chris Wood
                            Neil Wagner Kyle Abbott
                            Jamie Porter Brad Wheal
                            Sam Cook Fidel Edwards


                            Hampsire won the toss and elected to bat.


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                            With two days of cloudy or unsettled weather I was quite happy that Hampshire elected to bowl despite the wicket favouring the batsmen. Joe Weatherley and Rilee Rossouw put on big scores for a decent Hampshire total. Jamie Porter proving dangerous for Essex.

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                            A 196 run third wicket partnership by Tom Westley and Dan Lawrence, backed up by 48 runs from Ravi Bopara gave Essex the advantage. A declaration was taken at tea on third day in the hope Hampshire would throw caution to the wind in their second innings, and wickets would tumble.


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                              A wicket half hour after tea gave us hope a positive result could be achieived. However, even though it was the third session on day three, the wicket still favoured the batsmen. No more wickets fell at the close of play. Day four, and the decision was to go aggressively to try and take an early wicket or two. The gamble didn't pay off, fine centuries by opener Adams and Amla kept the runs flowing regularly, and forced the subdued Essex bowlers onto the defensive.



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                              Hampshire declared midway through the afternoon session on day four with a 240 run lead. After losing a couple of early wickets the decision was made the run chase was too great, so the game petered out into a draw.






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