12-man squad named for Middlesex friendly


Anthony McGrath has named a 12-man squad for Essex’s final pre-season fixture against Middlesex, which takes place on Thursday 31 March – Saturday 02 April at Merchant Taylor’s School.

Essex squad:

Tom Westley (C)
Alastair Cook
Nick Browne
Michael Pepper
Matt Critchley
Paul Walter
Adam Wheater (WK)
Aaron Beard
Shane Snater
Sam Cook
Ben Allison
Jamal Richards

Ahead of the game, Head Coach, Anthony McGrath, said: “Everyone is looking forward to the season getting underway now and we feel like we’re in a good place.

“The squad trained well in Abu Dhabi whilst there were also some impressive performances in the intra-squad friendly last week, which is very pleasing to see.

“It’s vital that the players use these games as a chance to find some form ahead of the first game, and that’s exactly what they’ve done so far.

“The Middlesex game will be no different. They’ll provide a strong opposition and have some exceptional players in their ranks, so it’ll be a good final test for our lads ahead of the season opener with Kent.”

The three-day friendly with Middlesex takes place at Merchant Taylors’ School, Northwood and begins at 10:30am on Thursday 31 March.

Spectators are welcome to attend the game, with no admission cost, free parking and on-site toilets facilities available. However, facilities are limited and spaces will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

There are chairs for attendees to sit on, however, it is advised that you bring your own. Please be advised that there aren’t covered spectator areas so please be prepared in the event of poor weather.

There will be no food or drinks available to purchase, so it is also advised that you come prepared with enough food and refreshments to last the day.

The County season begins on Thursday 07 April and if you haven’t got your tickets for the LV= Insurance County Championship fixture against Kent, you can secure them now by clicking here.

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