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Tom Westley drives

Worcestershire v Essex, Specsavers Championship Div 2, New Road, 1st day

Westley's golden run keeps Essex in trim

Alastair Cook and Tom Westley continued their prolific form as Division Two leaders Essex enjoyed more success on a rain-disrupted day at New Road

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Ryan ten Doeschate struck twice in an over

Essex v Northants, County Championship, Division Two, Chelmsford, 4th day

Dominant Essex wrap up innings victory

Essex wasted little time in picking up the six Northamptonshire wickets they needed on the final day to secure their second County Championship win of the season

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James Porter picked up two wickets on the opening day in just his fourth first-class match

Essex v Northants, County Championship, Division Two, Chelmsford, 3rd day

Essex close in as Porter bags another five

Nineteen wickets - as well as some sleet - fell on a remarkable day at Chelmsford, to leave Essex requiring just six Northamptonshire scalps for a second victory of the season

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Essex's Dan Lawrence plays a cover drive

Essex v Northants, County Championship, Division Two, Chelmsford, 2nd day

Lawrence joins fifty club on wet day

Just nine overs were possible on the second day of Essex's County Championship Division Two clash with Northamptonshire at Chelmsford

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Tom Westley anchored Essex's innings with 86

Essex v Northants, County Championship, Division Two, Chelmsford, 1st day

Essex flex batting muscle

Essex's powerful batting line-up made Northants toil at Chelmsford as England captain Alastair Cook continued his productive start to the season

Alastair Cook made 1 from five balls in his first innings with his ECB-approved new helmet

Sussex v Essex, County Championship, Division Two, Hove, 4th day

Dropped catch helps Cook 'get on with it'

Alastair Cook rose to meet his particular challenge of recent days by scoring a second Championship hundred in as many matches, this time wearing the new-style helmet that has unexpectedly become the source of some bother

Ryan ten Doeschate was brilliantly caught by Danny Briggs

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

Napier and Porter's hard yards revive Essex

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

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Nick Browne's hundred anchored Essex's reply

Essex v Gloucs, County Championship, Division Two, Chelmsford, 4th day

Ten Doeschate delighted with winning start

Essex opened their County Championship campaign with an easy 10-wicket victory over Division Two rivals Gloucestershire at Chelmsford