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The rain arrived to ruin the evening at Hove

Royal London Cup, Group B

Rain helps Kent secure quarter-final

Essex, Kent and Hampshire secured progression from Group B into the quarter-finals of the Royal London Cup after a damp evening which led for four no results.

Essex coach Paul Grayson has been granted a reprieve until the end of the season

County news

Grayson receives Essex backing until end of season

Paul Grayson has been confirmed as Essex coach until the end of the season after the club's general committee overwhelmingly resisted a recommendation from new cricket chairman chairman Ronnie Irani to remove him

Shaun Tait picked up three wickets

NatWest T20 Blast quarter-finals

Defining fixture looms for Essex

Another misfire in the Championship has increased the pressure on Essex's coach ahead of their NatWest T20 Blast quarter-final against the holders

Arun Harinath lofts the ball down the ground

Essex v Surrey, LV= Championship, Division Two, Colchester, 4th day

Surrey swagger is back as promotion nears

Surrey chased a tough target at Castle Park, led there by Arun Harinath and Gary Wilson, and with a gulf growing ahead of the third-placed side in Division Two, the Surrey swagger is back

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Alastair Cook soaks in the moment

NatWest Blast quarter-finals

Essex face Cook dilemma for Blast tie

Essex have the chance to pick Alastair Cook for their Blast quarter-final tie against Birmingham as England's coach Trevor Bayliss has released players for the knockout stage

Tom Westley drives down the ground

Essex v Surrey, LV= County Championship Div 2, Castle Park, 3rd day

Westley guards Essex faint promotion hopes

Tom Westley can claim to have played a modest supporting role in England's Ashes success by scoring a century against the tourists - a fact which did not escape his county team-mate Alastair Cook. An Essex promotion is a tougher ask

Monty Panesar took five wickets in the season opener in Abu Dhabi

Essex v Surrey, LV= Championship, Division Two, Colchester, 1st day

Panesar rises from the Ashes

Monty Panesar, surprisingly recalled to the Essex side at the Colchester Festival, showed signs that he could resurrect his professional career on the day that England won the Ashes