David Warner cracked 94 during the morning session

Essex v Australians, Tour match, Chelmsford, 1st day

Red-hot Marsh turns up heat on Watson

On the hottest July day in England since records began, it was hard to know what was at a higher temperature - a sweltering Chelmsford crowd or the scything blade of Mitchell Marsh

Jesse Ryder's six drew the scores level

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

Ryder hundred brings Hampshire to their knees

Jesse Ryder's first century in the competition paved the way a 78-run victory for Essex over Hampshire in their NatWest Twenty20 Blast at Chelmsford

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Tom Westley struck his first hundred of the season

Gloucestershire v Essex, LV= County Championship Division Two, Bristol, 3rd day

Westley steers Essex home after Klinger ton

Alastair Cook suffered the indignity of a first ball duck as Essex completed a five-wicket win over Gloucestershire inside three days at Bristol.

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Graham Napier runs in

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

Napier and Porter dismantle Gloucestershire

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

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Ryan ten Doeschate pulls as Essex try to bat out the final day

Gloucestershire v Essex, LV= County Championship Division Two, Bristol, 1st day

Ten Doeschate rebuilds Essex after Cook 48

Alastair Cook fell two short of a half-century as Essex were bowled out for 319 by Gloucestershire on the opening day at Bristol.