England captain Alastair Cook has continued his superb start to the County Championship season with Essex by hitting another century.
Cook hit an unbeaten 127 as Essex held on for a draw at Hove against Sussex.
Cook also scored a hundred against Gloucestershire last week.
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The domestic season officially starts this weekend, and although the weather's certainly taken a turn for the worst in the last few days it won't stop Northamptonshire from donning their whites for their opening game in this year's County Championship.
First up for Northants is a home match against Sussex and there could be a second debut for a familiar face in the shape of former England spinner Monty Panesar.
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Former England spinner Monty Panesar says he's "delighted" to have sealed a return to Northamptonshire.
The 33-year-old has been included in Northants' squad for this summer after offering to fund himself independently.
Panesar started his career at the county back in 2001.
Former England Spin bowler Monty Panesar is to return to Northamptonshire County Cricket Club.
The 33-year-old spinner was released by Essex at the end of last season after struggling for form.
He turned to Northamptonshire last year following surgery and asked for help in returning to fitness from long term friends, Barry Goudriaan, Head Physio and David Ripley, Head Coach.
It seemed unlikely that a contract was on the table as the player budget for 2016 was already confirmed.
However, Panesar has now organised his own funding and the chances of him playing for Northants are looking more likely.
Monty has worked hard at his fitness which is progressing. He joined us on our pre-season tour to Barbados where he fitted in well with the rest of the lads.
He will now have to prove himself for selection.
I would be very excited to have Monty as part of the squad as his test pedigree and experience will be really helpful to the rest of the lads.
We've all had some honest conversations but he is fitting in really well. He still has to prove his worth and Graeme White is bowling very well at the moment so he still faces some challenges to get a place on a team.
Charlotte Edwards leads the England cricket team into the T20 World Cup semi-final against Australia tomorrow.
And the Cambridgeshire sportswoman does so as a record breaker.
She's become the first cricketer, male or female, to score 2,500 runs in international T-20 history.
She passed the milestone by scoring an unbeaten 77 in England's final group game against Pakistan over the Easter weekend.
That took Charlotte to 2,574 career runs, that's 400 runs more than New Zealand's Brendan McCullum who holds the record in the mens game.
Essex have signed Pakistan fast bowler Wahab Riaz for their Natwest T20 Blast campaign this summer.
The 30-year-old will play the first seven games of the competition, before he's replaced by New Zealand international Adam Milne.
Riaz regularly bowls at speeds of 90mph and is likely to be part of Pakistan's squad to face England this summer.
"We are pleased to have Wahab joining the squad for the first half of the NatWest T20 Blast season.
He will add a different dimension to our bowling attack, being a left armer and bowling with real pace."
Essex all-rounder Tom Westley has signed a new contract with the club and has also been named as the new vice-captain.
The 26-year-old appeared for England Lions this winter and has played 99 First Class games for Essex.
Westley's new deal will run until the end of the 2018 season.
“Tom has been exceptional for us over the past few seasons, and it seems the logical next step in his progression to take on the role of vice-captain.
We are delighted he has signed his new contract. He has an excellent cricket brain, and I believe he will enjoy the added responsibility."
Essex have signed New Zealand bowler Adam Milne for the second half of T20 Blast Group Stage campaign.
The 23-year-old has played 14 T20 internationals for his country and is known for his pace.
He will join up with the Eagles in June and will feature in seven games in total.
"I'm extremely excited to have the opportunity to join Essex and help contribute to a successful Natwest T20 Blast.
Essex is a club with such a fantastic history and I look forward to wearing the Eagles logo with pride and making an impact to help bring the T20 Blast silverware to Chelmsford."