It's a long way from Guyana but Kellon Carmichael is loving life at Hadleigh & Thundersley

Halstead Gazette:

3:00pm Monday 28th July 2014

NOT too many people may have jumped at leaving Guyana for Hadleigh, but cricketing all-rounder Kellon Carmichael has reveled in making that journey.

Mark Pettini's century guides Essex Eagles to victory over Worcestershire Rapids in Royal London One-Day Cup

Halstead Gazette:

6:06pm Sunday 27th July 2014

AN undefeated 102 by Mark Pettini guided Essex to a winning start against Worcestershire as two rusty teams re-embraced the concept of 50-over cricket in the Royal London One-Day Cup at New Road.

Essex to face Birmingham in T20 Blast quarter-finals

Halstead Gazette:

10:00am Saturday 26th July 2014

ESSEX will face the Birmingham Bears at Chelmsford in the quarter-finals of the T20 Blast on Saturday.

Luke Wright's record-breaking 153 leaves Essex shell-shocked

Halstead Gazette:

8:16am Saturday 26th July 2014

LUKE Wright produced an incredible innings as he smashed an unbeaten 153 from 66 balls to lead Sussex to a seven-wicket triumph over a shell-shocked Essex side at Chelmsford.

Ravi Bopara named in England Lions squad for triangular series

Halstead Gazette:

12:31pm Thursday 24th July 2014

ESSEX’S Ravi Bopara has been named in the England Lions triangular series against New Zealand A and Sri Lanka A next month.

Ravi Bopara admits Essex didn't put enough runs on the board as they lose to Hampshire

Halstead Gazette:

10:52pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

ESSEX all-rounder Ravi Bopara admitted the Eagles fell short of a defendable total as they lost their second T20 Blast match in a row.

Gloucestershire dent Essex pride with shock t20 Blast victory

Halstead Gazette:

6:30pm Sunday 20th July 2014

CHRIS Dent blasted an unbeaten 55 off just 23 balls as Gloucestershire produced a shock t20 Blast victory over South Division leaders Essex by six wickets at Cheltenham.

Jesse Ryder powers Essex to victory over Glamorgan

Halstead Gazette:

9:50pm Friday 18th July 2014

HARD-HITTING Jesse Ryder scored a quickfire half-century to help Essex seal a home tie in the NatWest t20 Blast quarter-finals with a seven-wicket win over Glamorgan at Cardiff.

Paul Grayson demanding no let up as Essex Eagles chase the point needed to secure home advantage in T20 Blast quarter-finals

Halstead Gazette: Paul Grayson. PIC: GAVIN ELLIS/TGS PHOTOS

5:06pm Thursday 17th July 2014

HEAD coach Paul Grayson is demanding no let up from his Essex Eagles team as they prepare for back-to-back T20 Blast matches this weekend.

Graham Gooch calls on Alastair Cook to rebuild his technique in order to conquer current slump

Halstead Gazette: HEAD IN HANDS: England’s Alastair Cook reacts as .Sri Lanka draw the match during day five of the Test match at Lord’s

11:03am Thursday 17th July 2014

ALASTAIR Cook's batting mentor Graham Gooch believes the England captain needs to rebuild his technique to conquer his current slump.

Essex edge narrow win over Hampshire in thrilling game at Colchester

Halstead Gazette:

3:45pm Wednesday 16th July 2014

Essex Cricket Club ran out narrow two-wicket winners over Hampshire in a thrilling LV County Championship division two game at Colchester this afternoon.

Under-fire England skipper Alastair Cook gets to smile at last with first Test wicket

Halstead Gazette:

7:46pm Sunday 13th July 2014

UNDER-FIRE England captain Alastair Cook had at last cause for a smile as he took his first Test wicket on the final day's play of their draw with India.

First day between Essex and Hampshire is a complete wash out while Reece Topley has another injury scare

Halstead Gazette:

7:25pm Sunday 13th July 2014

ESSEX and Hampshire were thwarted by the weather at Colchester as rain completely washed out the opening day's play in the County Championship.

Napier excited by Castle Park Blast

Halstead Gazette:

3:00pm Friday 11th July 2014

GRAHAM Napier can’t wait to play in front of a sell-out Castle Park crowd as the big-hitting Colchester-born star returns to his home ground for its inaugural Twenty20 Blast match tomorrow.

Grayson wants nothing less than victory at Colchester Cricket Festival

Halstead Gazette:

5:19pm Thursday 10th July 2014

Paul Grayson admits he will be happy if this year’s Colchester Cricket Festival finishes earlier than planned - if it means Essex secure a vital win.

Graham Napier's hostile spell of bowling damages Durston but gives Essex hope

Halstead Gazette:

7:40pm Monday 7th July 2014

A HOSTILE spell of fast bowling from Graham Napier put Essex back in the game after Wayne Madsen and Wes Durston had given Derbyshire the initiative on the opening day of the County Championship match at Chesterfield.

Captain James Wilkins hopes first win will be a platform for further Benfleet success

Halstead Gazette:

10:00am Saturday 5th July 2014

BENFLEET will be determined to build on their first Shepherd Neame Essex League Division Three win of the season when they host Oakfield Parkonians today.

Hadleigh & Thundersley look to strengthen their hand against Ardleigh Green

Halstead Gazette:

8:00am Saturday 5th July 2014

HADLEIGH & Thundersley will be looking to strengthen their promotion charge when they visit basement club Ardleigh Green today.

Sean Elliot and Joe Sexton may give Leigh advantage over Belhus

Halstead Gazette:

6:00pm Friday 4th July 2014

LEIGH-on-Sea will be looking cement their place as Shepherd Neame Essex League Division Two promotion contenders with a victory against second-placed Belhus this weekend.

Essex on the brink of second Championship win of the season

Halstead Gazette:

7:51pm Tuesday 1st July 2014

ESSEX are in a strong position to complete their second County Championship Division Two win of the season at Chelmsford on Wednesday having reduced Gloucestershire to 194 for four in their second innings – still needing a further 123 runs to make the home side bat again.

Mark Pettini half-century guides Essex Eagles to victory in reduced-overs t20 clash

Halstead Gazette: Mark Pettini

10:03pm Friday 27th June 2014

Mark Pettini's perfectly paced half-century helped Essex to top spot in the NatWest t20 Blast South Division and inflicted Somerset's fifth defeat in eight matches.

Napier can't wait to return for Essex

Halstead Gazette: On the road to recovery - Graham Napier plans to play in Cooky's Big Bash at the County Ground, as he continues his return to fitness.

10:00am Friday 27th June 2014

Graham Napier says the frustration of his recent injury-lay off has reminded him of his love of the game.

Essex head coach Paul Grayson: Alastair Cook the victim of a “witch-hunt”

Halstead Gazette: Alastair Cook

11:00am Thursday 26th June 2014

ESSEX head coach Paul Grayson believes Alastair Cook has been the victim of a “witch-hunt” following England’s series defeat against Sri Lanka.

Alastair Cook: I'm in it for the long haul

Halstead Gazette: Alastair Cook

8:56pm Tuesday 24th June 2014

ALASTAIR Cook has no intention of stepping down as England captain despite overseeing their first ever Test series defeat to Sri Lanka.

Geoffrey Boycott the latest big name to question Alastair Cook's England captaincy

Halstead Gazette: Alastair Cook

9:10am Tuesday 24th June 2014

ALASTAIR Cook passed Geoffrey Boycott on England's all-time leading run-scorers list on Monday but the former Test opener believes the current captain is presiding over a "recipe for resignation".

Tim Phillips steers Essex home to win over Middlesex

Halstead Gazette: Tim Phillips hits a six against Middlesex. PIC: GAVIN ELLIS/TGS PHOTOS

11:09pm Friday 20th June 2014

TIM Phillips emerged as the Essex hero as they marched towards the quarter-finals of the Twenty20 Blast competition with a thrilling two-wicket victory over Middlesex.

Essex star and England captain Alastair Cook hits out at critics

Halstead Gazette: HEAD IN HANDS: England’s Alastair Cook reacts as .Sri Lanka draw the match during day five of the Test match at Lord’s

3:59pm Thursday 19th June 2014

England captain Alastair Cook has hit back at critics of his leadership, chief among them Shane Warne, amid a robust defence of his credentials.

Essex slump to humbling defeat at Hampshire

Halstead Gazette: Essex captain James Foster loses his wicket PIC GAVIN ELLIS/TGS PHOTOS

8:39am Wednesday 18th June 2014

HAMPSHIRE completed a crushing 470-run win over Essex with a day to spare at the Ageas Bowl, where the visitors – set an unlikely 605 for victory – were dismissed for 135 in their second innings.

Essex left to reflect on missed opportunities as Hampshire finish day one on top

Halstead Gazette: Ravi Bopara leaves the field after being dismissed by James Tomlinson. PICTURES: GAVIN ELLIS/TGS PHOTOS

7:15pm Sunday 15th June 2014

HAMPSHIRE finished the first day in the ascendancy after recovering from 208 for six to make 286 all out and then reduce Essex to 55 for two at stumps.

Mike Bourne headlining charity boxing show at Concord Rangers

Halstead Gazette: Mike Bourne

1:00pm Friday 13th June 2014

SOUTHEND heavyweight Michael Bourne is headlining a charity boxing show at Concord Rangers.

Essex coach Paul Grayson full of praise for the form of Ravi Bopara

Halstead Gazette: Ravi Bopara led the Essex run chase with skipper Ryan ten Doeschate. Picture: GAVIN ELLIS/TGS PHOTO

10:00am Friday 13th June 2014

ESSEX coach Paul Grayson was full of praise for Ravi Bopara after his outstanding innings in Wednesday’s t20 win at Kent.

Ton-up Ravi Bopara gives Essex a slender advantage over Kent going into final day

Halstead Gazette: Ravi Bopara is applauded off the field after making 162. PICS: GAVIN ELLIS/TGS PHOTOS

7:38pm Monday 9th June 2014

England all-rounder Ravi Bopara's 162 helped edge Essex into a slender first-innings lead on a rain-hit third day of the LV= County Championship Division Two match with Kent, where Mitchell Claydon fought back with five wickets.

Kevin Pietersen fails to heed Ravi Bopara's warning as Essex get the better of Surrey in T20 Blast

Halstead Gazette: Ravi Bopara celebrates taking the wicket of Kevin Pietersen. PICS: GAVIN ELLIS/TGS PHOTOS

10:17pm Friday 6th June 2014

Kevin Pietersen failed to heed Ravi Bopara's warning as his return to English cricket yielded five runs and Surrey were subjected to a five-wicket NatWest T20 Blast defeat by Essex.

Paul Grayson: It's a case of when not if Reece Topley will play international cricket

Halstead Gazette: Something to celebrate — joy for Reece Topley of Essex as he claims the wicket of Ben Wright. Picture: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo

4:00pm Friday 6th June 2014

REECE Topley will play Test cricket for England in the not-too distant future.

Essex boosted by the return of key players

Halstead Gazette: Ryan ten Doeschate PIC: GAVIN ELLIS/TGS PHOTOS

10:00am Friday 6th June 2014

ESSEX coach Paul Grayson says he expects to find out a lot more about his side in the next three weeks.

Graham Napier in bid to prove fitness for Essex at Cooky's Big Bash tonight

Halstead Gazette: HAPPY - Graham Napier has signed a new contractn with Essex CCC

1:30pm Thursday 5th June 2014

GRAHAM Napier hopes to use Cooky’s Big Bash tonight as a chance to prove his fitness and stake a claim for Essex Eagles’ big T20 Blast clash with Surrey.

James Foster not handed an England Test recall as Matt Prior returns

Halstead Gazette: James Foster. PIC: GAVIN ELLIS/TGS PHOTOS

1:26pm Thursday 5th June 2014

ESSEX skipper James Foster has not won a recall to the England Test squad.

Essex have to be content with Glamorgan draw after rain gets in their way on final day

Halstead Gazette: Reece Topley took ten wickets in total

9:03pm Wednesday 4th June 2014

Essex and Glamorgan had to be content with a draw as the final day of their LV= County Championship clash at Chelmsford was hit badly by rain.

Kevin Pietersen set to make T20 Blast debut against Essex

Halstead Gazette: Kevin Pietersen

7:00pm Wednesday 4th June 2014

ESSEX are set to face Kevin Pietersen on Friday night when he makes his T20 Blast debut for Surrey.

James Foster gives Essex the slight edge over Glamorgan after day two

Halstead Gazette: James Foster. PICS: GAVIN ELLIS/TGS PHOTOS

8:34pm Monday 2nd June 2014

ESSEX wicketkeeper James Foster hit a fine 86 to steer to his side to a first-innings lead of 36 over Glamorgan on day two of their County Championship match at Chelmsford.

Reece Topley's six wickets help Essex forget about Monty Panesar's breach of discipline

Halstead Gazette: Reece Topley celebrates the wicket of Chris Cooke, his sixth of the innings. PICTURES: GAVIN ELLIS/TGS PHOTOS

7:15pm Sunday 1st June 2014

MONTY Panesar may have been absent through disciplinary reasons but Essex hardly stuggled without him with Reece Topley taking six wickets in his first championship match of the season against Glamorgan.

Monty Panesar dropped for failing to make Essex team meeting

Halstead Gazette: Monty Panesar. PIC: GAVIN ELLIS/TGS PHOTOS

5:05pm Sunday 1st June 2014

ESSEX dropped spinner Monty Panesar for their County Championship division two match against Glamorgan at Chelmsford after the England international failed to turn up for a team meeting.

England skipper Alastair Cook praises Jos Buttler and Essex team-mate Ravi Bopara's efforts to save England

Halstead Gazette: Ravi Bopara and Joss Buttler

8:18pm Saturday 31st May 2014

ENGLAND captain Alastair Cook hailed the display of Jos Buttler, whose superb maiden international century proved in vain as the hosts fell to a narrow defeat at Lord's in the fourth one-day international against Sri Lanka.

Essex are thumped by Hampshire in T20 Blast

Halstead Gazette: Essex bowler Reece Topley shows his frustration PICS GAVIN ELLIS/TGS PHOTOS

7:30am Saturday 31st May 2014

FORMER Essex batsman Owais Shah hit an unbeaten half-century to lead Hampshire to a thumping eight-wicket win over his former side in their T20 Blast match at The Rose Bowl on Friday night.

Essex coach Paul Grayson: Jesse Ryder is enjoying walking down the street un-noticed

Halstead Gazette: Jesse Ryder

12:00pm Friday 30th May 2014

ESSEX coach Paul Grayson says overseas star Jesse Ryder is enjoying a new lease of life in England.

James Foster has not had his head turned by speculation of England call-up

Halstead Gazette: Arun Harinath led the Surrey reply with 63 before he was caught by Mark Pettini off the bowling of Greg Smith. Picture: GAVIN ELLIS/TGS PHOTO

11:00am Friday 30th May 2014

JAMES Foster has not had his head turned by louder calls for England selectors to pick him for a busy summer of cricket.

Essex seal thrilling win over Glamorgan in T20 Blast

Halstead Gazette: Matt Salisbury (R) congratulates Greg Smith on scoring the winning runs for Essex. ALL PICS: GAVIN ELLIS/TGS PHOTOS

10:57pm Friday 23rd May 2014

Essex Eagles pulled off a dramatic victory over Glamorgan Dragons with two balls left of Friday night's T20 Blast South Division clash under the floodlights at the County Ground in Chelmsford.

Essex short of bowlers for busy weekend

Halstead Gazette:

9:00am Friday 23rd May 2014

ESSEX head in to a busy weekend of action desperately short of bowlers.

Stand-in skipper Mark Pettini leads Essex to win in their first T20 Blast match of the season against Middlesex

Halstead Gazette: Mark Pettini

3:13pm Saturday 17th May 2014

STAND-IN skipper Mark Pettini led Essex to a win in their first match of this year’s T20 Blast against Middlesex at Lord’s.

Ben Foakes thrilled to beat World Champions Sri Lanka

Halstead Gazette: Do you know a sporting star

12:28pm Thursday 15th May 2014

ALASTAIR Cook stole the headlines with a blistering innings to help Essex to a 22-run win over Sri Lanka in Chelmsford on Tuesday. But his young team-mate Ben Foakes also played a crucial knock himself, scoring 51 from just 31 deliveries in what turned into a 21-over per side match because of the weather.

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