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.
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.
Following a sensational ICC Men's Cricket World Cup Final at Lord's Cricket Ground, Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) opened up the Cricket Academy yesterday to children from across London, for the opportunity to pick up a bat and ball and follow in the footsteps of their cricketing heroes.
The normally obdurate Nick Browne hanmmered two sixes in his unbeaten 33 that helped Essex to the summit of the Specsavers County Championship, albeit briefly while erstwhile leaders Somerset complete their current fixture.
When Jamie Porter put pen to an extended two-year contract this week, he said he wanted to win more titles with Essex; then, with typical bullishness, he suggested the next title could be sooner rather than later.