Turn­ing points Three key games in ti­tle charge

The Daily Telegraph - Sport - - Specsavers County Championship -

Draw v Lan­cashire, Chelms­ford, April 4-7. Es­sex col­lapsed in their first in­nings back in di­vi­sion one, but Dan Lawrence bat­ted for more than a day for his un­beaten 141.

Win v Som­er­set, Taun­ton, April 11-14. Es­sex were set 255 on a turn­ing pitch and Alas­tair Cook made a mas­terly 110.

Win v Mid­dle­sex, Chelms­ford, June 23-26. Only eight balls were left in this day/night game when Es­sex won thanks to 14 wick­ets by Si­mon Harmer.

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