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Cricket stars rally round for Grenfell tragedy

Monty Panesar and Henry Blofeld are taking part in the charity event. Credit: GMB

Former Essex cricketer Monty Panesar and Norfolk commentator Henry Blofeld are among the stars taking part in a charity cricket match to raise cash for those affected by the Grenfell tower tragedy.

Monty is playing for Lashings, a team described as the Harlem Globetrotters of cricket, against a team of politicians in a T20 game in London. Blowers will be providing match commentary. They hope it'll raise thousands for those caught up in the disaster.

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Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Amir admits it'll take time to be fully accepted as a role model

Essex's new overseas cricketer Mohammad Amir admits it will take time before he is fully accepted as a role model for future players.

The Pakistan left arm paceman only returned to International cricket last year after being convicted and banned for spot-fixing.

Now barely a week after helping his country win the ICC Champions Trophy against India for the first time, Amir is hoping to bolster Essex's County Championship title bid. They cemented their place at the top of Division One by beating Warwickshire by an innings and 164 runs.

And Amir believes his impressive opening bowling spell in the Champions Trophy Final - he took 3 wickets for just 16 runs - helped to convince himself that he's on the right track in re-establishing his status in the game.

It was a big relief to be honest. That kind of performance was due, in my mind, because everybody was looking for my performance.

If you are playing as a senior player of the team, you have to do well and you have to lead from the front. Thank God I did it and it was one of the best performances of my career.

I'm learning new things. I want to be a better player, I want to be a better human being. I want to be a role model for the youngsters but it will take time because I'm still on the learning process.

For me it's like the start of my career. Hopefully, in the end, I will be a role model for the youngsters.

– Mohammad Amir

Essex beaten by record-breaking Notts in One-Day Cup

Essex's Ryan ten Doeschate during the One Day Cup Credit: PA

Essex were denied a place in the One-Day Cup final after Nottinghamshire pulled off a record-run chase.

It looked like The Eagles had more than enough after centuries from Alastair Cook and Captain Ryan ten Doeschate helped them set an imposing total of 370.

But Notts managed to reach their target with three balls to spare, meaning they'll now go on to play in the final at Lord's on 1 July.

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Northamptonshire suffer first defeat of the new season

Ben Duckett, seen here in action last season, struggled against Worcestershire. Credit: PA

Northamptonshire suffered their first defeat of the new County Championship season inside two days at Worcestershire.

Northants came into the game on the back of victories in their first two fixtures of the Division Two campaign, but they struggled with the bat at New Road.

The match was dominated by the ball, with both sides failing to register a score of more than 200 in each innings.

In the end, the visitors fell an agonising 20 runs short of their 185-run target thanks to a fantastic spell from Worcestershire bowler Joe Leach who took 5-62.

Max Holden top-scored for Northants with 37, but Ben Duckett was dismissed for just five.

David Ripley's side will be hoping to get back to winning ways on Thursday when they host Warwickshire in the Royal London One-Day Cup.

Lawrence century secures improbable Essex draw

Dan Lawrence in action for Essex last season. Credit: PA

Essex secured an improbable draw in their first game back in Division One of the County Championship thanks to an unbeaten century from teenager Dan Lawrence.

The 19-year-old's stunning knock of 141 not out helped Essex to 316-6 by the end of the final day, a total that looked unlikely at the start of Monday with the hosts struggling at 89-2.

However, they successfully batted through the three sessions needed to save the game, denying Lancashire a first County Championship win in 12 matches in the process.

Lawrence was given good support from Tom Westley (61) and Ryan ten Doeschate (41) at Chelmsford, while Kyle Jarvis took three wickets for the visitors.

Sporting events to look out for in the East this weekend

It's set to be a glorious weekend of weather so why not get out and watch some sport?

Whether it's watching cricket's County Championship or taking in some football, there's something for everyone.

This weekend's football fixtures

  • Fulham v Ipswich Town (Championship)
  • Norwich City v Reading (Championship)
  • Northampton Town v Sheffield United (League One)
  • Charlton Athletic v Southend United (League One)
  • Coventry City v Peterborough United (League One)
  • Swindon Town v MK Dons (League One)
  • Cambridge United v Leyton Orient (League Two)
  • Colchester United v Stevenage (League Two)
  • Barnet v Luton Town (League Two)
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