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Sussex v Essex, County Championship, Division Two, Hove, 3rd day

Napier and Porter's hard yards revive Essex

Apr 19, 2016: At one stage in this match, it looked as if Sussex were disappearing off into the distance over the South Downs. Building on a second significant score from opener Chris Nash, the lead at tea was 210 with seven wickets standing

Alan Gardner at Hove

County news

Napier to retire after 2016 season

Jan 11, 2016: Graham Napier, the Essex allrounder, has announced he will retire at the end of 2016 English season to take up a position running his cricket academy

ESPNcricinfo staff

Gloucestershire v Essex, LV= Championship, Division Two, Bristol, 2nd day

Napier and Porter dismantle Gloucestershire

Jun 22, 2015: Graham Napier and James Porter bowled Essex into a winning position on the second day of the Championship match with Gloucestershire at Bristol


Essex v Glamorgan, NatWest T20 Blast, South Group, Chelmsford

Bopara, Napier shine to keep Essex alive

Jun 19, 2015: Essex got back on the winning trail to keep alive their slim hopes of reaching the quarter-finals of the NatWest Twenty20 Blast, beating Glamorgan by 16 runs


Essex v Derbyshire, LV= County Championship Division Two, Chelmsford, 3rd day

Napier highlights Essex desire for momentum

Jun 16, 2015: A second Championship win for Essex, this one by an in innings, sees them get off the bottom of Division Two. Their 23 points achieved in three days work here takes them to sixth in the table, with nine left to play.

Vithushan Ehantharajah at Chelmsford

Essex v Kent, Chelmsford, 2nd day

Northeast knock leaves match in balance

Apr 20, 2015: Essex launched a fine recovery to leave themselves slight favourites to beat Kent in their County Championship Division Two duel at Chelmsford

Press Association

Essex 2015 preview

Essex troubled by run of near misses

Mar 31, 2015: ESPNcricinfo assesses Essex's prospects for 2015

Alan Gardner

Essex v Worcestershire, Chelmsford, 3rd day

Essex left to rue another near miss

Sep 25, 2014: As on the first morning, Essex's bowlers tore through Worcestershire, finishing the job they had started two days ago

Alan Gardner at Chelmsford

Derbyshire v Essex, Chesterfield, 1st day

Napier hounds Derbyshire to turn day

Jul 7, 2014: Essex's Graham Napier doesn't have the look at first sight of the archetype fast bowler but he changed the complexion of the first day's play at Chesterfield in the space of 31 balls immediately after tea

Les Smith at Queen's Park

Northern Districts v Wellington, HRV Cup

Murdoch, Napier set up Wellington win

Jan 4, 2014: Wellington opened a four-point lead at the top of the table after beating Northern Districts by 21 runs

ESPNcricinfo staff

Essex v Worcestershire, Chelmsford, 2nd day

Foakes can break Essex mould

Sep 4, 2013: It seems not a day goes by that a former Essex academy product leaves the confines of Chelmsford to yield performances above and beyond anything they produced before

Vithushan Ehantharajah at Chelmsford

Gloucestershire v Essex, Bristol, 2nd day

Smith best, Napier gives Essex control

Aug 29, 2013: Greg Smith finished with a career-best 177 as Essex clinched maximum batting points for the first time this season and took a firm grip at Bristol.

Essex v Durham, YB40 Group B, Chelmsford

Napier, ten Doeschate down Durham

Aug 13, 2013: Essex maintained their hopes of reaching the semi-finals of the Yorkshire Bank 40 competition after crushing Durham by six wickets at Chelmsford

Essex v Surrey, FLt20 South Group, Chelmsford

Essex stumble towards last-eight lifeline

Jul 31, 2013: Essex's qualification courtesy of Middlesex's defeat at Hampshire presents them a generous lifeline to rescue their season, though a transformed batting effort will be needed in the quarter-finals

Alex Winter at Chelmsford

Essex v Leicestershire, Chelmsford, 2nd day

Mickleburgh and Napier take control

Jul 18, 2013: Graham Napier's superb bowling and Jaik Mickleburgh's unbeaten century enabled Essex to enjoy the better of their second day against Leicestershire.

Kent v Essex, FLt20, South Group, Canterbury

Shah assault keeps Kent winless

Jul 5, 2013: Owais Shah clattered six sixes in a match-defining innings of 59 as Essex opened their Friends Life t20 win account with a 47-run success over Kent in Canterbury

Derbyshire v Essex, YB40 Group B, Leek

Napier, Essex come crashing down

Jun 9, 2013: Essex came crashing down to earth after a run of four consecutive Yorkshire Bank 40 victories as Derbyshire romped to a 63-run win with 41 balls to spare in a record-breaking Group B match at Leek.

Essex v Surrey, YB40 Group B, Chelmsford

Napier's seven destroys Surrey

Jun 3, 2013: Graham Napier took four wickets in four balls on his way 7 for 32, the second best-ever List A bowling figures for any Essex player, as his side beat Surrey by 178 runs

Essex v Kent, Chelmsford, 1st day

Napier hauls Essex out of latest hole

May 22, 2013: Once again runs from Graham Napier rescued Essex from a precarious position, as he and captain James Foster ensured the hosts posted a modest yet acceptable first innings score.

Vithushan Ehantharajah at Chelmsford

Lancashire v Essex, Old Trafford, 1st day

Responsible Napier rallies Essex

May 7, 2013: Graham Napier made an unbeaten century batting with the tail to lift Essex towards a respectable total against Lancashire

Myles Hodgson at Old Trafford
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