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Cricket: Essex start title defence in Yorkshire

PUBLISHED: 11:17 29 November 2017 | UPDATED: 11:17 29 November 2017

Essex players celebrate with the County Championship trophy (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Essex players celebrate with the County Championship trophy (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Essex will begin the defence of their Specsavers County Championship title with a trip to new head coach Anthony McGrath’s former club Yorkshire on April 13.

The 2017 champions will then host Lancashire in their first home fixture of the new campaign at the cloudfm County Ground on April 20.

Essex visit Hampshire on April 27 and Worcestershire on May 11, after hosting Yorkshire on May 4.

Focus then turns to limited overs cricket, with Essex Eagles visiting Middlesex for the first of eight Royal London One-Day Cup group matches on May 17.

After returning to four-day action at Lancashire on June 9, Essex will welcome Nottinghamshire (June 20) and Somerset (June 25) in back-to-back home matches, before the T20 Blast gets underway with a home match against Sussex on July 4.

County Championship: Yorkshire (April 13), LANCASHIRE (April 20), Hampshire (April 27), YORKSHIRE (May 4), Worcestershire (May 11), Lancashire (June 9), NOTTINGHAMSHIRE (June 20), SOMERSET (June 25), Somerset (August 19), HAMPSHIRE (August 29), SURREY (September 4), Notts (Sept 10), WORCS (Sept 18), Surrey (Sept 24).

Royal London One-Day Cup: Middlesex (May 17), Gloucestershire (May 20), Hampshire (May 23), SOMERSET (May 25), SURREY (May 27), GLAMORGAN (May 30), Sussex (June 3), KENT (June 6).

T20 Blast (home only): Sussex (July 4), Middlesex (July 6), Glamorgan (July 13), Hampshire (July 21), Surrey (August 5), Gloucestershire (August 10), Kent (August 17).

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