County Champions visit County Hall


Essex County Cricket Club’s Championship winning players and employees celebrated their historic victory with a special ceremony at County Hall last night.

As the Club prepares to defend the County Championship title, Chairman of Essex County Council, Cllr John Aldridge hosted a celebration to remember.

Cllr Aldridge said: “No one in Essex with an interest in sport will have missed out county’s eighth Championship victory last summer, and the first since 1992.

“As the Club celebrate their incredible success as County Champions, I was delighted to host the players and employees to thank them on behalf of the County and to wish them well before they start their season away at Yorkshire next week.

“I know that myself and the rest of Essex will be backing them all the way to retain their title.”

The Club’s new President, David Acfield, who played more than 400 first-glass games for Essex and won four championships, also gave a speech at the event and said: “It was a special achievement to win 10 out of 14 games last year, not many teams do that and to clinch the title again was a monumental effort from the squad.

“It is a pleasure to be here, and be recognised by the Essex County Council for our achievements in 2017. Thank you very much for inviting us, and for your hospitality, hopefully it will be same time, same place next year!”