Essex v West Indies: Tourists reach 309-8 in first warm-up game

Tour match, Cloudfm County Ground, Chelmsford, day one West Indies 309-8: Chase 81, Brathwaite 61, Blackwood 59 Essex: Yet to bat Scorecard Roston Chase made 81 as West Indies reached 309-8 on the opening day of their first tour game against Essex. Number five Chase was bowled by seamer Callum Taylor, who also removed opener…

Pietersen hits 52 on return as Surrey beat Essex

NatWest T20 Blast Dates: 7 July-2 September Coverage: Ball-by-ball local radio commentary on every match online, tablets, mobiles and BBC Sport app. In-play highlights and live text commentary of selected games on the BBC Sport website. Selected commentaries on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra. Kevin Pietersen marked his return to English cricket by hitting…

Essex v Middlesex: South Africa spinner Simon Harmer takes 9-95 as visitors collapse

Specsavers County Championship Division One, Cloudfm County Ground (day four): Middlesex 246 & 262: Compton 120; Harmer 9-95 Essex 542-3 dec: Browne 221, Cook 193, Chopra 100*; Rayner 2-152 Essex (24 pts) beat Middlesex (1 pt) by an innings and 34 runs Scorecard Off-spinner Simon Harmer took a career-best 9-95 as Essex beat Middlesex with…

Essex v Middlesex: Alastair Cook and Nick Browne share record first-wicket partnership

Specsavers County Championship Division One, Cloudfm County Ground (day three): Middlesex 246 & 27-0: Gubbins 16* Essex 542-3 dec: Browne 221, Cook 193, Chopra 100*; Rayner 2-152 Essex 8 pts, Middlesex 1 pt Middlesex trail by 269 runs Scorecard A county record opening partnership of 373 between Nick Browne (221) and England’s Alastair Cook (193)…

Essex v Surrey: Kumar Sangakkara hits fifth first-class century in succession

Specsavers County Championship Division One, Cloudfm County Ground Surrey 334-7: Sangakkara 177*, S Curran 90, Meaker 43*; Quinn 3-66 Essex: Yet to bat Surrey 3 pts, Essex 2 pts Match scorecard Kumar Sangakkara’s fifth successive first-class century led a remarkable recovery for Surrey against Essex. The Sri Lankan finished unbeaten on 177 as Surrey closed…

Essex v Hampshire: Jamie Porter stars as hosts win by an innings

Specsavers County Championship Division One, The Cloudfm County Ground (day three): Essex 360: Cook 124, Westley 111; Abbott 5-58 Hampshire 115: McManus 39, Porter 5-24 & 148: McManus 37; Harmer 3-23 Essex (22 pts) beat Hampshire (1 pt) by an innings and 97 runs Match scorecard Essex wrapped up a thumping innings-and-97-run victory over Hampshire…