Amid extraordinary scenes at the Kia Oval, Essex captain Ryan ten Doeschate’s superb 53 not out from 62 balls earned his side a nerve-shredding one-wicket win as champions Surrey just failed to prevent the 2017 championship winners from chasing down a target of 132.
County champions Surrey were skittled for 67, their lowest championship total at the Kia Oval for 56 years, as Jamie Porter and Sam Cook bowled Essex into a position of first-day dominance with four wickets apiece.
Essex fast bowler Jamie Porter was delighted to help the 2017 champions wrap up an innings victory over Worcestershire soon after lunch on day three of their County Championship Division One encounter at Chelmsford.
Simon Harmer’s best figures of the season and Murali Vijay’s second half-century of the match have given Essex a chance of toppling Nottinghamshire in their Specsavers County Championship meeting at Trent Bridge.
Essex County Cricket Club have announced that Alastair Cook has committed his future to the club and signed a contract extension that will see him remain with the defending county champions for the next three years.
Michael Pepper was playing the sixth hole at the Gog Magog golf course in Cambridge when he received a call to hurry back to The CloudFM County Ground: Adam Wheater had damaged his shoulder and Pepper was required to stand in behind the stumps.