Throughout the 2017 season, supporters will have the opportunity to vote each month for the Player of the Month, sponsored by DeVines. Voting will be conducted through essexcricket.org.uk with special prizes for one lucky voter each month.
The former England Test Captain continued his fine start to the season making match winning contributions in both the Specsavers County Championship and Royal London One-Day Cup. Essex’s form in both competitions was strong and largely based around the excellent Cook. A month that yielded three centuries and two fifties, Cook is in fine form. His main contributions were 127 & 109 against Gloucestershire and Sussex in the One-Day Cup and 124 against Hampshire in the Championship.
Jamie Porter hit a rich vein of form during May, breaking personal records on three occasions. This included career best figures of 5/24 against Hampshire in the Championship, career best match figures of 9/160 against Surrey in the Championship and a List A best of 4/40 against Middlesex. Porter sits in second on the Specsavers County Championship Division One wickets tally and the month of May has further underlined his promise as a potential England opening bowler.
Simon Harmer begun May by extending his contract for a further two years and rewarded the Essex hierarchy with consistent performances throughout the month. Although without a major honour it is Harmer’s consistency with bat and ball that sees him nominated. His matchwinning 44* to help the Eagles to a one-wicket victory against Surrey in the One-Day Cup and 17 wickets across both formats see the South African as a vital member of the Essex side.
Vice-Captain Tom Westley continued his consistent start to the season scoring two hundreds to help Essex to two comprehensive victories against Somerset and Hampshire respectively. The first, 100 exactly, against Somerset at Taunton, helped the Eagles qualify for the quarter-finals of the Royal London One-Day Cup. His 111 against Hampshire set Essex up for a comprehensive innings victory which helped Chris Silverwood’s side to the top of Division One.