Essex County Cricket Club get their pre-season programme underway with the first of three two-day friendly matches at The Cloudfm County Ground – Lancashire are the opposition in the opening two fixtures, starting this morning at 11am.
Head Coach, Anthony McGrath, told www.essexcricket.org.uk: “I’m sure we can gain a huge amount of benefit from these matches and we are just keeping our fingers crossed that the weather holds good.
“We have been able to practise outside for a while recently and all credit to the ground staff who have done a tremendous job in getting the ground ready for our practice and these matches.
“I’m sure that Lancashire, over the four days and then Kent next week will provide us with some good challenges which is what we want at this stage.”
Essex (from): AN Cook, PI Walter, T Westley*, FIN Khushi, RJ Das, AJA Wheater†, BMJ Allison, JA Porter, MR Quinn, ES Kalley, HWL Phillips, JS Rymell, WEL Buttleman
Lancashire (from): KK Jennings, SMO Shah, AL Davies, JJ Bohannon, SJ Croft, DJ Vilas*, RP Jones, GID Lavelle†, DJ Lamb, L Wood, TW Hartley, TE Bailey, S Mahmood, LJ Hurt, JM Blatherwick, JP Morley
Umpires: BJ Debenham and NJ Llong
Scorers: AE Choat and P Parkinson