Palmer won’t duck fight

Brath­waite only now find­ing form af­ter T20 hero­ics against Stokes

Daily Mirror - - SPORT - BY DEAN WIL­SON

ES­SEX are cel­e­brat­ing their County Cham­pi­onship ti­tle as if they had won the World Cup – and af­ter 25 years who can blame them?

Fi­nal con­fir­ma­tion of their crown came when Som­er­set beat Lan­cashire yes­ter­day, but Es­sex skip­per Ryan ten Doeschate ad­mit­ted the play­ers (left) al­ready knew the job was done af­ter Thurs­day’s win over War­wick­shire so the coach trip home from Birm­ing­ham was sub­dued.

But the party started again at Chelms­ford with sup­port­ers turn­ing out to wel­come their he­roes home. “It’s the proud­est mo­ment of my ca­reer,” said Ten Doeschate. “And you look at some­one like James Foster who’s been here even longer. This makes up for all the years of strug­gle and nearly-beens.

“This is a small club with lim­ited re­sources so I don’t care how other peo­ple value it I just know what it means to me.

“For us, it feels like a World Cup. You won’t have a bet­ter feel­ing than this.” BRI­TISH driver Jolyon Palmer is fac­ing a fight to save his For­mula One ca­reer af­ter it was con­firmed that he will be re­placed by Car­los Sainz at Re­nault next sea­son.

There are re­ports Palmer could be ousted within weeks, but he said: “This is noth­ing new for me. It is wa­ter off a duck’s back.”

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