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Phil Walker

Essex's ebullient '80s

From loveable pushovers to strutting county titans, Essex's self-made story through the '80s chimed perfectly with the times

The 1979 Essex County Championship squad

Phil Walker

The academy of cricket

Essex county have produced several England captains and batting giants, but they don't have silverware of their own to brag about and they'd like to change that

A general view of Essex's County Ground

County cricket

'I've never felt this good' - Westley

At 27, Tom Westley is not one of young guns of county cricket but that may work in his favour. After a difficult winter with England Lions he is more hungry than ever to push him for higher honours

Tom Westley anchored Essex's innings with 86