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Giving England's young players a helping hand

Aug 4, 2015: The England Development Programme's focus on working closely with counties has helped players make an easier transition to the top level and also helped keep them grounded

Vithushan Ehantharajah

Essex v Warwickshire, Royal London Cup, Group B, Chelmsford

Pettini and Westley crush Warwickshire

Jul 29, 2015: Openers Mark Pettini and Tom Westley both scored centuries as Essex inflicted a 152-run defeat on Warwickshire in their Royal London Cup Group B clash at Chelmsford

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Essex v Australians, Tour match, Chelmsford, 2nd day

History repeats itself as Westley makes Australians toil

Jul 2, 2015: A decade after a young Alastair Cook smote the Australians to all parts of Chelmsford, another youthful Essex opener in Tom Westley did much the same

Daniel Brettig in Chelmsford

Gloucestershire v Essex, LV= County Championship Division Two, Bristol, 3rd day

Westley steers Essex home after Klinger ton

Jun 23, 2015: Alastair Cook suffered the indignity of a first ball duck as Essex completed a five-wicket win over Gloucestershire inside three days at Bristol.

ECB/PA

Fowler's lasting legacy

Jun 17, 2015: Graeme Fowler has stepped down from running the centre of excellence he founded at Durham University but his influence on numerous players was profound

Will Macpherson

Northants v Essex, LV= Championship, Division Two, Northampton, 3rd day

Westley and Ryder revive struggling Essex

Jun 9, 2015: Tom Westley struck 164 not out and shared in an unbroken partnership of 216 with Jesse Ryder as Essex fought back on day three against Northamptonshire at Wantage Road

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England news

Four county batsmen head to Sri Lanka

Nov 12, 2014: England will send four players from the Performance Programme to Sri Lanka either side of Christmas in the latest example of their desire to expose their young cricketers to Asian conditions.

ESPNcricinfo staff

England news

Bopara's confidence remains undimmed

Sep 26, 2014: His omission from the series against India was a surprise, but now Ravi Bopara is back in the England one-day side and is desperate to cement his place for the World Cup

Alan Gardner

Northamptonshire v Essex, Royal London Cup, Wantage Road

Pettini, Westley steer big Essex chase

Aug 21, 2014: Essex chased down 312 to set up a home tie in the quarter-finals of the Royal London Cup after a four-wicket victory against Northamptonshire at Wantage Road in their last Group A outing.

Press Association

Essex v Hampshire, Royal London Cup, Chelmsford

Essex fightback denies Wheater

Aug 13, 2014: Essex clinched their place in the Royal London Cup quarter-finals with a thrilling five-run win over Hampshire at Chelmsford

Press Association

Yorkshire v Essex, Royal London Cup, Scarborough

Westley, ten Doeschate flatten Yorkshire

Aug 11, 2014: Jack Leaning's first century for Yorkshire in any form of cricket could not prevent his side crashing to defeat against Essex in a high-scoring Royal London Cup match at Scarborough.

Press Association

Essex v Lancashire, Royal London Cup, Group A, Chelmsford

Essex ease home after Westley, Salisbury bests

Aug 5, 2014: Tom Westley and Matt Salisbury starred for Essex as they easily beat Lancashire by six wickets in the Royal London Cup at Chelmsford to claim their second win in the competition

Press Association

Essex v Kent, NatWest T20, Colchester

Westley ton solidifies Essex position

Jul 12, 2014: Tom Westley destroyed the Kent attack with a magnificent century, his first in the competition, to help table-topping Essex claim a 63-run victory at Colchester.

Press Association

Kent v Essex, Canterbury, 2nd day

Bopara, Westley answer coach's call

Jun 8, 2014: Ravi Bopara and Tom Westley both recorded unbeaten centuries as Essex made a strong statement in reply to Kent's first-innings 387

David Lloyd at Canterbury

Worcestershire v Essex, New Road, 3rd day

Essex fight back from Shantry seven

May 30, 2013: In-form Essex opener Tom Westley held off Jack Shantry-inspired Worcestershire for four hours

Scotland v Essex, YB40 Group B, Edinburgh

Westley, Phillips see off Scotland

May 12, 2013: Essex powered their way to a 59-run win over Scotland in a Yorkshire Bank 40 match reduced by rain to 29 overs a side

Essex v Gloucestershire, Chelmsford, 3rd day

Westley shows talent remains at Essex

Apr 12, 2013: A recurring theme has developed at Essex with several young, talented players only flourishing after they've moved on from Chelmsford

Alex Winter at Chelmsford

Derbyshire v Essex, Derby, 4th day

Craddock's effort ended by rain

Aug 30, 2012: Essex saw their slim chances of promotion all but wiped out while Derbyshire took another step towards Division One

Derbyshire v Essex, Derby, 3rd day

Masters, Westley keep Essex in victory hunt

Aug 30, 2012: David Masters claimed another five-wicket haul before Derbyshire's lower order fought back strongly

Essex v Glamorgan, Colchester, 3rd day

Westley, Shah rack up runs for Essex

Aug 17, 2012: Tom Westley and Owais Shah both hit centuries as Essex declared on 520 for 9 in reply to Glamorgan's 438 all out on the third day at Colchester.

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