Sam Cook crowned Player of the Match in season opener


Your votes saw Sam Cook crowned Player of the Match for Essex’s season-opening 254-run victory away to Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge this week.

Cook, who returned match figures of 10-73, the fourth occasion he has taken ten wickets in a first-class match, received an overwhelming 95.6% of votes in the poll on Essex Cricket’s X page.

Contenders Paul Walter, Jordan Cox, and Dean Elgar, who all impressed with the bat, all received between 1 and 2% of the remaining votes.

However, it was Cook’s bowling performance, with the Kookaburra ball in hand, that saw him win the Player of the Match Award in the first Vitality County Championship game of 2024.

Having claimed a hat-trick in the first innings, Essex’s first in Championship cricket since 2009, Cook went on to spearhead a skittling of the hosts for just 80 in the second dig, taking 6-14.

Those figures meant that, coupled with his hat-trick, he bowled a consecutive return across both innings of 9-14.

The Eagles Have Landed: The 2024 Vitality Blast at The Cloud County Ground

Fresh from a Finals Day appearance last summer, Essex return to shortest-format action in Chelmsford from Sunday 02 June.

Demand remains exceptionally high, and there is now just one Friday night fixture with availability remaining, the visit of Glamorgan to The Cloud County Ground on 07 June.

With the Eagles aiming to go one better in 2024, there is no time to waste to snap up your seats.

Sunday 02 June, 4:00pm: Essex v Middlesex – buy here
Friday 07 June, 7:00pm: Essex v Glamorgan – buy here (LAST FEW TICKETS)
Friday 14 June, 7:00pm: Essex v Sussex Sharks – SOLD OUT
Thursday 20 June, 7:00pm: Essex v Hampshire Hawks – buy here
Friday 05 July, 7:00pm: Essex v Somerset – SOLD OUT
Thursday 11 July, 7:00pm: Essex v Kent Spitfires – buy here
Sunday 14 July, 2:30pm: Essex v Surrey – buy here