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Northern Districts v Wellington, HRV Cup
Jan 4, 2014: Wellington opened a four-point lead at the top of the table after beating Northern Districts by 21 runs
Essex v Worcestershire, Chelmsford, 2nd day
Sep 4, 2013: It seems not a day goes by that a former Essex academy product leaves the confines of Chelmsford to yield performances above and beyond anything they produced before
Gloucestershire v Essex, Bristol, 2nd day
Aug 29, 2013: Greg Smith finished with a career-best 177 as Essex clinched maximum batting points for the first time this season and took a firm grip at Bristol.
Essex v Durham, YB40 Group B, Chelmsford
Aug 13, 2013: Essex maintained their hopes of reaching the semi-finals of the Yorkshire Bank 40 competition after crushing Durham by six wickets at Chelmsford
Essex v Surrey, FLt20 South Group, Chelmsford
Jul 31, 2013: Essex's qualification courtesy of Middlesex's defeat at Hampshire presents them a generous lifeline to rescue their season, though a transformed batting effort will be needed in the quarter-finals
Essex v Leicestershire, Chelmsford, 2nd day
Jul 18, 2013: Graham Napier's superb bowling and Jaik Mickleburgh's unbeaten century enabled Essex to enjoy the better of their second day against Leicestershire.
Kent v Essex, FLt20, South Group, Canterbury
Jul 5, 2013: Owais Shah clattered six sixes in a match-defining innings of 59 as Essex opened their Friends Life t20 win account with a 47-run success over Kent in Canterbury
Derbyshire v Essex, YB40 Group B, Leek
Jun 9, 2013: Essex came crashing down to earth after a run of four consecutive Yorkshire Bank 40 victories as Derbyshire romped to a 63-run win with 41 balls to spare in a record-breaking Group B match at Leek.
Essex v Surrey, YB40 Group B, Chelmsford
Jun 3, 2013: Graham Napier took four wickets in four balls on his way 7 for 32, the second best-ever List A bowling figures for any Essex player, as his side beat Surrey by 178 runs
Essex v Kent, Chelmsford, 1st day
May 22, 2013: Once again runs from Graham Napier rescued Essex from a precarious position, as he and captain James Foster ensured the hosts posted a modest yet acceptable first innings score.
Lancashire v Essex, Old Trafford, 1st day
May 7, 2013: Graham Napier made an unbeaten century batting with the tail to lift Essex towards a respectable total against Lancashire
Essex v Hampshire, YB40 Group B, Chelmsford
May 3, 2013: A magnificent century from James Vince carried Hampshire to a crushing nine wicket victory over Essex in the opening Yorkshire Bank 40 match of the new season at Chelmsford
Essex v Hampshire, Chelmsford, 2nd day
Apr 30, 2013: Graham Napier gave Essex a first-innings lead with a lower-order half-century to put his side on top at Chelmsford
Northamptonshire v Essex, Wantage Road, 2nd day
Apr 18, 2013: The exasperation induced by the wagging tail is something Northamptonshire's opponents might become familiar with this season
Northamptonshire v Essex, Wantage Road, 1st day
Apr 17, 2013: Northamptonshire weren't touted as promotion contenders but few counties have started 2013 better. Rain denied them victory at Glamorgan last week and here the vaunted Essex batting line-up were dismissed for 183.
Essex v Yorkshire, Chelmsford, 1st day
Sep 11, 2012: Perhaps it was fitting that two Yorkshiremen from different backgrounds and different vintages combined to nudge their side ahead in the race to achieve promotion from Division Two
Derbyshire v Essex, Derby, 1st day
Aug 28, 2012: David Masters helped Essex fight back against promotion favourites Derbyshire after a four wicket haul by spinner David Wainwright had secured maximum bowling points for the Division Two leaders at Derby
Surrey v Essex, FLt20 South Group, The Oval
Jun 13, 2012: Surrey opened their Friends Life t20 campaign with a 17-run victory over Essex at The Oval
Lancashire v Essex, CB40 Group A, Old Trafford
May 20, 2012: Lancashire survived a late onslaught from Graham Napier to secure a 28-run win over Essex at Old Trafford.
Essex v Gloucestershire, County Ground, 3rd day
Apr 7, 2012: Graham Napier claimed 5 for 58 as Gloucestershire's second innings subsided quickly on the third morning
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Plays of the day from the IPL match between Kolkata Knight Riders and Mumbai Indians in Abu Dhabi
Plays of the day from the IPL match between Chennai Super Kings and Kings XI Punjab in Abu Dhabi
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