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Essex recovered from a poor start to reach 268-8 at stumps on the opening day of their game with Lancashire.
Essex have tied Owais Shah and Ryan ten Doeschate to new deals as both prepare to leave for the Indian Premier League.
Somerset all-rounder Peter Trego is the latest county star to sign up to play T20 cricket in Zimbabwe.
Essex have handed new contracts to Ryan ten Doeschate and Maurice Chambers ahead of the new season.
The Netherlands are dreaming of another victory over England, just two years after their famous Lord's triumph.
Ryan ten Doeschate is the headline act in the Netherlands' 15-man squad for the World Cup.
England's Graeme Swann is one of four men still in the running for the ICC's top prize.
Essex have signed West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo for Friends Provident t20 finals day.
Essex's ten-run victory over Somerset at Taunton was soured by an injury to the in-form Ryan ten Doeschate.
Geraint Jones and Darren Stevens smashed Kent Spitfires to a six-wicket triumph over Essex Eagles.
Surrey and Essex were forced to settle for a draw in their match at Guildford on Saturday.
Ryan ten Doeschate hammered 12 off the final three balls as Essex's clash with Leicestershire finished in a dramatic tie.
Ryan ten Doeschate took three wickets on the final morning to help Essex seal a 145-run victory over Derbyshire.
Middlesex completed victory by an innings and eight runs on the final afternoon against Essex at Lord's.
Leicestershire's bowlers were left frustrated as Essex scrapped for a draw at Chelmsford.
Danish Kaneria took 6-45 as Essex crushed Derbyshire by 227 runs at Derby.
Michael Atherton praised the performance of England’s bowlers on day two at Trent Bridge, despite a 111-run final-wicket stand from India taking the tourists to 457 all out.
Scorecards from the latest round of matches in the County Championship
England v India Test
England trail India by 414 runs with 9 wickets remaining
Broad's hat-trick, Bell's run out saga, Tendulkar's ton quest: Andrew Strauss on England's 4-0 rout of India.
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