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.
Essex began life in Specsavers County Championship Division One against a strong Lancashire line-up that boasted England Bowler James Anderson. After a difficult opening three days, Lawrence was required to bat for four sessions and he duly obliged, recording 141 not out from 333 balls, occupying the crease for over 7 hours and securing the County’s first league points of the season.
Overseas star Neil Wagner jetted in from his native New Zealand to join the Essex squad and offered a much needed boost to the bowling attack. Wagner has already contributed 11 scalps in the opening 3 matches including a tremendous spell in Somerset’s second innings which returned 6-48 from 12.2 overs, setting the platform for the batsmen to secure a first championship win of the season.
After a strong fightback from the Essex Bowling pack during the second innings at Taunton, Alastair Cook knocked off 110 of the 257 runs required during the 8 wicket victory over the West Country rivals. An unflappable Cook remained focused during what proved to be the final day of the match to counteract an unusually dry pitch for April, ensuring his side were to cross the line victorious.
Zaidi walked to the crease knowing that his side were in a perilous position during the Royal London One-Day Cup tie versus Hampshire. Taking guard at a below par 195-6, Zaidi went onto bludgeon 72 runs from just 40 deliveries to ensure the Eagles would reach a defendable score of 304-7. Essex went onto secure a 25 run win to remain unbeaten throughout April in all competitions.