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Tuesday, 20 November, 2018

Surprise package Essex should keep the good times rolling

No danger from toothless Bears

Former England captain Alastair Cook has been piling up the runs for Essex
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Division One & Division Two matches
11am Monday
Three innings defeats in five County Championship matches have left Warwickshire bottom of Division One and the Bears are unlikely to turn things around against surprise leaders Essex.

Promoted as Division Two champions last summer, Essex are relishing the step up and their last three performances include thumping victories over Surrey and Hampshire, two sides who are going well themselves.

The men from Chelmsford suffered a blow on Friday as Nottinghamshire chased down a record 371 to beat them in the One-Day Cup semi-final.

Impressive youngsters Dan Lawrence and Jamie Porter miss out for Essex after England Lions call-ups but the Eagles’ squad has good depth.

Alastair Cook and Tom Westley have passed 400 runs in the County Championship while skipper Ryan ten Doeschate is closing in on the landmark and New Zealand bowler Neil Wagner should ensure a tough test for a struggling Warwickshire side.

Yorkshire are 2-1 favourites to reclaim their title and they are 8-11 draw no bet against champions Middlesex at Lord’s.

Division Two leaders Notts are 4-11 at home to Leicestershire despite drawing three of their last four matches.

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Jamie Porter (31 wickets in six games) and New Zealand bowler Neil Wagner should ensure a tough examination for a struggling Warwickshire side
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