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The Cricket Paper - - REVIEW -

For a county that only achieved pro­mo­tion back into the top-flight at the end of last sea­son, that Es­sex won Di­vi­sion One by such a huge mar­gin with 10 wins out of 14 matches and to fin­ish un­beaten was a colos­sal achieve­ment and it could be the start of a new era for the county.

With the coun­try’s two lead­ing wicket-tak­ers in Jamie Porter and Si­mon Harmer com­mit­ted to the club for the fore­see­able fu­ture, they will con­tinue to spear­head the at­tack so in­flu­en­tially.

Nick Browne and Dan Lawrence have proved them­selves highly-tal­ented bats­men and with the wealth of ex­pe­ri­ence to back up their prow­ess un­der skip­per Ryan ten Doeschate, fur­ther suc­cess in the red-ball game can­not be dis­counted.

York­shire only guar­an­teed their Di­vi­sion One sta­tus when they col­lected their sec­ond bowl­ing point in this match but they look to have an in­tense win­ter of plan­ning ahead to avoid an­other rel­e­ga­tion bat­tle.

The bat­ting has been in­con­sis­tent this sea­son and it was frankly de­plorable against Es­sex. The re­tire­ment of Ryan Side­bot­tom leaves a huge gap to fill in their bowl­ing ranks.

Win­ter re­cruit­ment looks to be a pri­or­ity al­though Ben Coad and Karl Carver are promis­ing play­ers who could be key in the years ahead.

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