Overseas Eagles: Rossington’s on fire


With the 2023 season fast approaching, several Essex Eagles are out around the world plying their trade in franchise and grade cricket. Whilst Sam Cook is preparing for the upcoming England Lions tour in Sri Lanka in order to remain sharp ahead of the squad’s return to Chelmsford in the near future.

The inaugural South African T20 league has recently got underway, and Essex wicket-keeper Adam Rossington has found great form for his side Sunrisers Eastern Cape.

The 29-year-old produced an impressive innings yesterday afternoon as he smashed his way to 72 off just 30 balls in their victory over the Super Giants.

Elsewhere in the tournament, Eagles T20 captain Simon Harmer is part of the Durban Super Giants squad but has featured just once.

After being signed by the Melbourne Renegades, all-rounder Matt Critchley has appeared four times for his Big Bash side scoring 70 runs at an average of 23.3. Critchley and the Renegades take on the Adelaide Strikers tomorrow knowing a victory will see them qualify for the BBL 12 Finals.

Bowler Sam Cook has touched down in Sri Lanka with the England Lions as they prepare for their red-ball tour which begins on Wednesday against a SLC Board XI before they take on the Sri Lanka A side twice in Galle.

Cook will be joined by fellow Eagle Matt Critchley in February for the three-match white-ball series, once again against Sri Lanka A.

Dan Lawrence and Paul Walter are also taking part in an inaugural tournament, this time in the UAE for the Dubai Capitals and Sharjah Warriors respectively. Lawrence made his Capitals debut against Walter’s Warriors, where he scored 34, whilst all-rounder Walter has also made just the one appearance against MI Emirates.

Batsmen Robin Das has been gaining valuable experience with Bangladesh Premier League side Dhaka Dominators.

Out in Australia, youngsters Ben Allison, Feroze Khushi and Josh Rymell are all continuing their fine form for their Premier Grade cricket sides. Allison has worked wonders with ball in hand taking 19 wickets at an average of just 23 for his side Dandenong Cricket Club in Sydney.

Feroze Khushi has been in outstanding form for Port Melbourne CC. Scoring two 50’s and two 100’s the 23-year-old now averages 49.99 with the bat and will be aiming to return to Chelmsford with his strong form intact ahead of the 2023 campaign.

Also in Melbourne, Josh Rymell has also topped the run scoring charts for his side Deepdene Bears. With an average of over 50, Rymell will be looking to continue his blistering form as he looks to cement a regular spot in the Essex side this season.