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 2016 season saw Essex First XI secure promotion to the Specsavers County Championship Division 1. Below you can view the top performances from each month, and be sure to check back next season to vote in 2017!

 

April Winner – Jamie Porter

Young opening bowler Jamie Porter has made a flying start to the 2016 season taking a staggering 22 wickets in the first 3 Specsavers County Championship Matches. The Bowler began the season without a first-class 5 wicket haul despite taking over 50 wickets last year, this season he already has two and will be take some beating for April’s player of the month!

Opponent Batting Bowling
1st Innings 2nd Innings 1st Innings 2nd Innings
Gloucestershire 20* 4-59 3-53
Sussex 6* 2-83 5-82
Northamptonshire 5-46 3-53

 

 

May Winner – Nick Browne

Nick Browne had a slowish start to the season but seems to be starting to pick up where he left off last year, scoring over 1,000 Championship runs. His innings against Derbyshire alone put him in the running for the player of the month, he batted superbly for over 9 hours, smashing his previous best of 151 by 105 runs to finish on 255. Since then he has hit two half centuries in 4 innings. Over the course of the month, Nick has racked up 468 runs at an average of 66.86.

Opponent Batting Bowling
1st Innings 2nd Innings 1st Innings 2nd Innings
Worcestershire 15 8
Sri Lanka 28
Derbyshire 255
Surrey N/A N/A
Glamorgan 3 71
Northamptonshire 88

 

 

June Winner – Ashar Zaidi

Ashar Zaidi has developed into somewhat of a fans favourite in recent weeks after hard-hitting displays with the bat and vital contributions with the ball. After his recent match-winning 52 against Hampshire in the NatWest T20 Blast and further knocks of 41 and 31, ‘Boom Boom’ as he has become known, regularly scores in swashbuckling fashion. He has also taken 3/33 with the ball against Kent Spitfires and 2/43 against Sussex Sharks.

Opponent Batting Bowling
1st Innings 2nd Innings 1st Innings 2nd Innings
Glamorgan 1/18
Somerset 31 1/17
Hampshire 41 0/28
Sussex Sharks 10* 2/43
Middlesex 27 0/5
Somerset 21 0/18
Kent Spitfires 4* 3/33
Gloucestershire 17 0/22
Leicestershire N/A N/A N/A N/A
Hampshire 52 0/16
Surrey 1/18

 

 

July Winner – Ashar Zaidi

July has seen Ashar Zaidi make himself a firm favourite with the fans after a sparkling innings of 59 at Lord’s against Middlesex which helped The Eagles qualify for the NatWest T20 Blast quarter finals. Boom Boom Zaidi as he has become known has also contributed scores of 54, 47 and 37 in various formats and also made valuable contributions with the ball in hand.

Opponent Batting Bowling
1st Innings 2nd Innings 1st Innings 2nd Innings
Kent Spitfires 54*
Kent N/A N/A N/A N/A
Hampshire 47 2/16
Gloucestershire 21 37 0/12
Gloucestershire 22
Sussex Sharks 18 0/38
Kent Spitfires
Surrey 27 0/25
Glamorgan 13
Middlesex 59
Glamorgan
Middlesex 21 0/36

 

 

August Winner – Graham Napier

Graham Napier has had a stellar month which saw him pick up his 50th Championship wicket of the season, the first time he has achieved that feat in his career. August saw him pick up 21 wickets including five at his home ground of Colchester and eight in the vital win away at Derbyshire in the Championship. Napes also waved farewell to Colchester with a stunning score of 124 to save a draw against Sussex.

Opponent Batting Bowling
1st Innings 2nd Innings 1st Innings 2nd Innings
Sussex 8* 124 5/114
Notts Outlaws 0 N/A 2/20 N/A
Derbyshire 4 4/28 4/50
Warwickshire 17 N/A 3/60 N/A
Leicestershire 31 2/50 1/47

 

 

September Winner – David Masters

David Masters bid farewell to the Essex faithful after scooping the DeVines Player of the Month award for September. Two solid performances that helped Chris Silverwood’s men over the line, saw Masters run out winner ahead of the likes of Ryan ten Doeschate and Graham Napier. There was no better way to depart for Masters than with a Championship winning medal and Player of the Month award.

Opponent Batting Bowling
1st Innings 2nd Innings 1st Innings 2nd Innings
Glamorgan 4 19* 2/58 2/69
Kent 8* 2/74 2/32