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Specsavers Championship

The moments that made the season - Part Two

Sep 24, 2016: The greatest retirement statement to the heart-stopping finish, ESPNcricinfo rounds up the memorable moments from the 2016 County Championship, from No.10 to 1 ...

David Hopps

Specsavers Championship

ESPNcricinfo County Championship XI

Sep 24, 2016: Let the debate begin. Do you agree with the final XI selected by ESPNcricinfo's county writers?

Andrew McGlashan

Specsavers Championship Div Two

Essex's great entertainer signs off on top

Sep 19, 2016: Graham Napier hobbled out of his last match at Chelmsford knowing that he had given his all in two decades as a one-club pro

Alan Gardner

Essex v Glamorgan, Specsavers Championship Div Two, Chelmsford, 1st day

Carlson's historic hundred delays Essex promotion party

Sep 12, 2016: Kiran Carlson became the youngest player to make a first-class hundred for Glamorgan and held up Essex's planned promotion party in the process

Alan Gardner at Chelmsford

Essex v Worcestershire, Specsavers Championship Div Two, Chelmsford, 3rd day

Kent feel shockwaves of thumping Essex win

Sep 2, 2016: Kent were level with Essex at the top of Division Two for a few heady hours before a thumping innings win for Essex against Worcestershire reasserted the superiority of the long-time leaders

Vithushan Ehantharajah at Chelmsford

Derbyshire v Essex, Specsavers Championship Div 2, Derby, 4th day

Napier on course for perfect finish

Aug 16, 2016: Graham Napier boosted his chances of bowing out of the game on a high with a four-wicket haul as Essex moved closer to promotion by crushing Derbyshire.

ECB Reporters Network

Essex v Sussex, Specsavers Championship Div 2, Colchester, 4th day

Napier leaves Colchester a big-hitting farewell

Aug 7, 2016: Graham Napier's big-hitting exploits have been a feature of a long county career and he have his home Colchester crowd a treat with a big-hitting farewell hundred

Will Macpherson at Colchester

The academy of cricket

Jul 2, 2016: 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

Phil Walker

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

Napier and Porter's hard yards revive Essex

Apr 19, 2016: 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

Alan Gardner at Hove

County news

Napier to retire after 2016 season

Jan 11, 2016: Graham Napier, the Essex allrounder, has announced he will retire at the end of 2016 English season to take up a position running his cricket academy

ESPNcricinfo staff

Gloucestershire v Essex, LV= Championship, Division Two, Bristol, 2nd day

Napier and Porter dismantle Gloucestershire

Jun 22, 2015: Graham Napier and James Porter bowled Essex into a winning position on the second day of the Championship match with Gloucestershire at Bristol


Essex v Glamorgan, NatWest T20 Blast, South Group, Chelmsford

Bopara, Napier shine to keep Essex alive

Jun 19, 2015: Essex got back on the winning trail to keep alive their slim hopes of reaching the quarter-finals of the NatWest Twenty20 Blast, beating Glamorgan by 16 runs


Essex v Derbyshire, LV= County Championship Division Two, Chelmsford, 3rd day

Napier highlights Essex desire for momentum

Jun 16, 2015: A second Championship win for Essex, this one by an in innings, sees them get off the bottom of Division Two. Their 23 points achieved in three days work here takes them to sixth in the table, with nine left to play.

Vithushan Ehantharajah at Chelmsford

Essex v Kent, Chelmsford, 2nd day

Northeast knock leaves match in balance

Apr 20, 2015: Essex launched a fine recovery to leave themselves slight favourites to beat Kent in their County Championship Division Two duel at Chelmsford

Press Association

Essex 2015 preview

Essex troubled by run of near misses

Mar 31, 2015: ESPNcricinfo assesses Essex's prospects for 2015

Alan Gardner

Essex v Worcestershire, Chelmsford, 3rd day

Essex left to rue another near miss

Sep 25, 2014: As on the first morning, Essex's bowlers tore through Worcestershire, finishing the job they had started two days ago

Alan Gardner at Chelmsford

Derbyshire v Essex, Chesterfield, 1st day

Napier hounds Derbyshire to turn day

Jul 7, 2014: Essex's Graham Napier doesn't have the look at first sight of the archetype fast bowler but he changed the complexion of the first day's play at Chesterfield in the space of 31 balls immediately after tea

Les Smith at Queen's Park

Northern Districts v Wellington, HRV Cup

Murdoch, Napier set up Wellington win

Jan 4, 2014: Wellington opened a four-point lead at the top of the table after beating Northern Districts by 21 runs

ESPNcricinfo staff

Essex v Worcestershire, Chelmsford, 2nd day

Foakes can break Essex mould

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

Vithushan Ehantharajah at Chelmsford

Gloucestershire v Essex, Bristol, 2nd day

Smith best, Napier gives Essex control

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.

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