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Essex cricketers joined the fight against coronavirus by preparing 1,000 hot meals for NHS staff on Monday.

Jos Buttler’s status as an England World Cup winner has already assured his place in the history books but the shirt he wore at the decisive moment last summer could soon secure a more immediate legacy: helping save lives threatened by coronavirus.

The prospect of wide-reaching furloughs among county cricketers moved a step closer over the weekend, after talks with the players’ union progressed.

In the second of a series of interviews with county cricket captains, the PA news agency has spoken to new Essex captain Tom Westley.

Tributes have been paid to the late Haydn Davies, who died recently at the age of 84.

Eoin Morgan can see the advantages in holding England matches behind closed doors, believing such a scenario would demonstrate the uplifting role sport can play in modern society.

The England and Wales Cricket Board has announced an emergency funding package worth £61million to keep counties and clubs afloat during what could be “the biggest challenge in the history of the game”.

As with all sports, English cricket has been brought to a halt by the coronavirus crisis, offering the opportunity to reflect on some of the greats the nation has produced down the years.

Former England captain Alastair Cook says he would rather the County Championship was not played at all this season rather than attempting to hold a dramatically condensed campaign.

The Essex Cricket League have revealed that long-time sponsor Shepherd Neame have been forced to withdraw their support for the 2020 and 2021 seasons.

The English cricket season was due to get under way in Sri Lanka this week with county champions Essex taking on the MCC in the traditional curtain-raising fixture.

There will be no professional cricket played in England and Wales until May 28, the ECB has announced.

Following the latest Government advice about social distancing, the ECB has recommended all forms of recreational cricket are suspended.

Tom Westley was expecting to be shaking hands with Kumar Sangakkara on his first official outing as Essex captain.

Essex County Cricket Club have announced they will be returning home early from their pre-season tour of Abu Dhabi.

Essex County Cricket Club have confirmed their MCC Champion County match against the MCC in Sri Lanka has been cancelled.

Anthony McGrath is looking forward to hooking up with winter sensation Dan Lawrence later today when Essex arrive in Abu Dhabi at the start of their pre-season training camp.

The Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) is celebrating the launch of a new exhibition on women’s cricket by holding a symposium at Lord’s next month.

Essex sign Henriques for T20 Blast

Friday, February 21, 2020

Defending Vitality Blast T20 champions Essex have announced the signing of Australian all-rounder Moises Henriques for their summer campaign.

Westley revealed as new Essex captain

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Essex have confirmed that Tom Westley has been appointed club captain to succeed Ryan ten Doeschate.

Essex have confirmed that Ryan ten Doeschate has stood down as club captain after four seasons leading the team.

Cricket: Harmer extends Essex contract

Thursday, December 26, 2019

Essex have announced that Simon Harmer has signed a one-year contract extension and will stay with the club until the end of the 2022 season.

Essex return for Zampa

Monday, December 23, 2019

Essex have announced that Australian leg-spinner Adam Zampa will return to the club for the 2020 Vitality Blast campaign.

Young cricketers from a disabled club in Newham had a day to remember after travelling to the Home of Cricket for the Lord’s Taverners Super 1s finals.

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.

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.

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.

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