Five days of cricket with a good weather forecast starts on Wednesday. Skipper Mark Alleyne explains "we always enjoy coming to Gloucester and really enjoy the Festival atmosphere at Archdeacon Meadow".

Jack Russell, undoubtedly still the best wicket keeper in the world, adds "I am really looking forward to locking horns with Essex. We have not played them for a few seasons and they have a competitive side so it should be a good contest."

The 4-day match starts on Wednesday at 11.00am and Sunday's match will start at 2.00pm, to allow time to watch the Football World Cup Final. TVs will also be available for viewing at the ground on Sunday.