Author Archives: Paul Hiscock

Peters takes philosophical view into veteran status

Stephen Peters, the Northamptonshire opener, has started his 17th year in the game delighted to be actively involved following a back problem that forced a premature end to last season. “I missed the last two games at the end of … Continue reading

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Grayson hails quality of Essex opening performance

Essex became the first side to record a victory in the County Championship this season when they completed the win over Gloucestershire just 75 minutes into the third morning’s play after a performance that head coach Paul Grayson described as … Continue reading

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Frustrated Willoughby forced to sit out opening match

As county cricketers look forward with eager anticipation to the start of a new County Championship campaign, Essex left-arm fast bowler Charl Willoughby will be forced to view all the initial action from the players’ balcony. The 37-year-old who made … Continue reading

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Essex concerned about future despite 2011 profit

Essex have twinned their announcement of a substantial overall profit for 2011 with a general concern about the future. A profit for 2011 of £333,368 compares to a 2010 loss of £22,585 and, while pleased with the turnaround in figures, treasurer … Continue reading

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Broken finger blow for Pettini during Essex warm-ups

Essex batsman Mark Pettini has fractured a finger on his left hand during the warm-up drills that took place before the two-day friendly against Worcestershire at Chelmsford, on March 28-29. The former captain had been in good pre-season form, with … Continue reading

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Craddock aiming to build on his instant 2011 success

Tom Craddock is currently wearing a permanent smile on his face and it is easy to understand why. He is eagerly anticipating the start of season, having been awarded a two-year contract with Essex towards the end of the 2011 … Continue reading

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Lancefield stops Essex rout of Surrey in March sunshine

The earliest start to their schedule of pre-season friendlies – in England – saw Essex play Surrey in a two-day game at Chelmsford. The home side gained a first innings lead but the feature of the match was an amazing … Continue reading

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Walker philosophical about Shah’s IPL reprieve

Essex hopes of having Owais Shah in their side for the entire domestic season have been dashed with the news that the former England and Middlesex batsman had received a belated offer to participate in the Indian Premier League. The … Continue reading

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Under-19 World Cup is immediate focus for Foakes

Ben Foakes is relishing the prospect of his next challenge in England Under-19 colours when he takes his place in the side for the Quadrangular ODI series in Australia against the host country, India and New Zealand. The competition is part … Continue reading

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Essex looking to make Siddle first of two T20 signings

Essex’s signing of Australian fast bowler Peter Siddle for this summer’s 2012 Twenty20 Cup campaign, subject to clearance from Cricket Australia, is likely to be the first of two new overseas player acquisitions for the competition. The county engaged Scott … Continue reading

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