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Leicestershire v Essex, Grace Road, 4th day

Nervy Essex win revives fluctuating season

Jun 24, 2013: Essex's topsy-turvy Championship season continued with a battling four-wicket win against Leicestershire in their LV= County Championship Division Two clash at Grace Road.

Leicestershire v Essex, Grace Road, 3rd day

Foster hundred turns tide for Essex

Jun 23, 2013: James Foster struck his first century of the season to put Essex in control on a rain-affected third day at Grace Road.

Essex v Lancashire, Chelmsford, 1st day

Foster 82 keeps Chelmsford festive

Jun 12, 2013: It's City of Chelmsford Festival Week, and a good size crowd turned up in the hope of seeing some festival cricket, it took James Foster to keep them happy

Les Smith at Chelmsford

Essex v Kent, Chelmsford, 4th day

Foakes lives up to the hype to save Essex

May 25, 2013: For a moment after lunch, with the sun shining and wickets tumbling, there was great intrigue

Vithushan Ehantharajah at Chelmsford

England news

Another keeper, another drop

Jan 25, 2013: England's record of selecting and then abandoning wicketkeepers since the retirement of Alec Stewart suggests their strategy may need a rethink

George Dobell

New Zealand news

Foster, Croft sign for Knights

Sep 20, 2012: James Foster and Steven Croft have agreed to play in New Zealand's Twenty20 competition with the Northern Knights

ESPNcricinfo staff

Hampshire v Essex, West End, 3rd day

Foster bats on before Hants wilt

Sep 6, 2012: Essex chose to bat out their innings and set Hampshire a target of 425 to stay in the hunt for promotion before claiming three late wickets

Ivo Tennant at West End

Essex v Sussex, FLt20 South Group, Chelmsford

Beer downs Essex at the last

Jun 28, 2012: South Group leaders Sussex maintained their unbeaten record in this season's Friends Life t20 with a dramatic four-wicket victory over nearest rivals Essex

Northamptonshire v Essex, Northampton, 4th day

Bopara continues impressive return

Jun 9, 2012: Ravi Bopara gave the England selectors another huge nudge with his second century of the week


Essex have questions to answer

Feb 17, 2012: Another cricketer has gone to jail for spot-fixing and an international bowler is in the spotlight for his role. But what of the county cricket club involved?

David Hopps

Essex v Gloucestershire, Clydesdale Bank 40, Colchester

Shah ton keeps Essex in the hunt

Aug 21, 2011: Owais Shah's century kept Essex in the hunt for a place in the Clydesdale Bank 40 semi-finals as they hammered Gloucestershire by 118 runs in their Group C match at Colchester

County news

Foster secures Essex future

Aug 12, 2011: James Foster has committed his future to Essex after signing a three-year deal to end the chances of him joining Hampshire

ESPNcricinfo staff

Loss of identity, but it's the new way

Aug 9, 2011: County cricket doesn't have a transfer system but it may not be far away as more players are being enticed to new clubs

George Dobell

Essex v Leicestershire, Grace Road, 2nd day

Craddock stakes claim for full deal

Jul 11, 2011: A second successive century from their captain, James Foster, and a four-wicket haul for trialist Tom Craddock gave Essex a vital edge in their County Championship Division Two game against Leicestershire at Grace Road

Leicestershire v Essex, Grace Road, 1st day

Foster and Bopara steady Essex

Jul 10, 2011: Half-centuries from Ravi Bopara and James Foster pulled Essex out of trouble on the first day of the County Championship match against Leicestershire at Grace Road

ESPNcricinfo staff

County news

PCA to meet ECB over player discipline

Jul 8, 2011: The Professional Cricketers' Association (PCA), the ECB umpires' manager and senior English umpires will meet next week in an attempt to quell the recent spate of poor behaviour in county cricket which has led to two leading players being suspended

Andrew McGlashan

County news

James Foster banned for two games

Jul 5, 2011: James Foster, the Essex captain, has been banned for two matches after a spate of disciplinary problems at the county who have also been fined £5000 by the ECB

ESPNcricinfo staff

Essex v Northamptonshire, Chelmsford, 2nd day

Wheater and Foster set up Essex

Jun 26, 2011: Adam Wheater's maiden century for Essex and the 15th of James Foster's first-class career left leaders Northamptonshire facing a daunting victory target of 416

Middlesex v Essex, FLt20, Lord's

Shah returns to defeat Middlesex

Jun 9, 2011: Owais Shah earned a measure of revenge over former county Middlesex as he blazed a half-century to guide Essex to a five-wicket Friends Life t20 win at Lord's

Essex v Middlesex, Chelmsford, 3rd day

Middlesex denied chance to build lead

May 26, 2011: Only 31.5 overs were possible between stoppages for rain on the third day of Essex's County Championship match against Middlesex at Chelmsford

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