Nick Browne anchored Essex's reply

Surrey v Essex, LV= Championship, Division 2, Kia Oval, 2nd day

Browne shows up Surrey shortcomings

The England captain has not scored a Test century for 23 months. So perhaps it is reassuring to know that the production of Essex opening batsmen remains in fine working order

Rory Burns carves through the off side

Surrey v Essex, LV= Championship, Division 2, Kia Oval, 1st day

Surrey's top order graft healthy position

Chilly and unrelentingly gloomy, this was the sort of day Kevin Pietersen thought he'd left behind when his international career began a decade ago

Jesse Ryder picked up 5 for 43

Essex v Kent, Chelmsford, 1st day

All-round Stevens carries Kent

Essex and Kent found themselves locked in an intriguing duel as they battled for supremacy on the opening day of their Division Two clash at Chelmsford

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Tom Westley reverse-sweeps on his way to a hundred

County news

Essex declare second consecutive loss

Essex have declared a loss before tax of £82,000 for 2014. The figure is slightly up on the loss for 2013 but is improved by the sale of fixed assests as the Chelmsford development begins.

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Shaun Tait struck Michael Lumb on the helmet

County news

Tait deal makes Essex T20 contenders - Grayson

Essex's coach Paul Grayson has predicted that the county can make a strong challenge in the NatWest Blast after securing the return of Shaun Tait, the Australian pace bowler, for England's T20 competition

Eoin Morgan about to reverse-sweep the ball

England news

Full IPL window for Morgan, Bopara

Eoin Morgan and Ravi Bopara will be available for the duration of the IPL, which runs from April 8 until May 24, after the ECB decided to allow them the maximum window of availability

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Yorkshire spray the champagne after winning the County Championship

County news

Yorkshire begin defence at New Road

Yorkshire will begin the defence of their County Championship title at New Road in 2015 as Worcestershire face the toughest of starts to life back in Division One.