Eight Essex players have signed new contracts including Ravi Bopara, Graham Napier and Mark Pettini.
Mark Pettini has signed a contract extension with Essex through to the end of the 2012 season.
James Foster has taken over as Essex captain following Mark Pettini's decision to stand down.
Mark Pettini has been granted a short rest by Essex after a difficult few months for the club captain.
James Foster will captain Essex for the remainder of the county's Friends Provident t20 campaign.
Essex captain Mark Pettini believes the rule changes imposed for this season's County Championship are for the better.
Essex took a huge step towards the NatWest Pro40 Second Division title with a comprehensive 130-run win over Glamorgan.
Mark Pettini believes Essex's victory in the Friends Provident Trophy final will be the first of many pieces of silverware he will enjoy as captain.
Kent won the first Twenty20 Cup semi-final against Essex by 14 runs at the Rose Bowl.
Andrew Strauss hit a century as Middlesex beat Surrey on the Duckworth/Lewis method at the Oval.
England can take great heart from reaching Sunday's Tri-Series final with a tough win over India, says David Lloyd.
Tri-Series in Australia 2015
David Lloyd raises a glass to the 'Tubby' Taylor wine tour, the BBL and England's showdown with India.
Australia and New Zealand will co-host the 2015 Cricket World Cup from February - here's a taster of what's in store.
England's World Cup opponents will not relish the return of fit-again James Anderson, says Nick Knight.
Bob Willis says AB de Villiers could well be the best batsman of all time after blasting a record ODI ton off 31 balls.
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