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.
Essex County Cricket Club have announced their former captain Brian 'Tonker' Taylor has died at the age of 84.
He made over 500 First Class appearances for Essex between 1949-73, second only to Keith Fletcher. He was also named as the ‘Wisden Cricketer of the Year’ in 1972.
He also captained the county for seven seasons from 1967, up until he retired from cricket in 1973.
A skilled wicketkeeper, Brian has the 7th highest number of dismissals in First Class cricket with 1,295, which included over 1,000 catches and 191 stumpings; a record which is unlikely ever to be surpassed by an Essex player.
Hitting over 18,000 runs for the Club, Brian was a very popular batsman with Essex supporters playing exciting cricket with a variety of shots that led to his 'Tonker' nickname. After retiring Taylor became an England Test selector in 1973 and 74 before becoming involved in schools cricket across Essex
County Championship captain Ryan ten Doeschate has committed his future to Essex after signing a one-year contract extension.
The 36-year-old's deal will now run until the end of the 2018 season.
After a fine season in all competitions, ten Doeschate reached 1000 County Championship runs for the campaign and scored the runs that clinched promotion.
The former Dutch international was happy to extend his time in Chelmsford and said:
"My affinity with the club has grown throughout my time with Essex. I have thoroughly enjoyed leading this talented squad in the County Championship and hope we can continue to be successful over the next couple of years.
Helping this team to Division One was the perfect way to cap off an excellent season."
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Essex chief executive Derek Bowden has revealed an agreement "in principle" has been reached with regard to the club playing Twenty20 cricket at the London Olympic Stadium from 2016.
Essex have been looking into the possibility for a number of years.
Bowden said: "In principle there is an agreement that a two-week festival of T20-type cricket could be played at the Olympic Park from 2016.
The London Legacy Development Corporation is responsible for future uses of the stadium, and Bowden added: "London Legacy and the ECB (England and Wales Cricket Board) are very supportive of the notion of a two-week festival of cricket in the summer."
Veteran Essex bowler David Masters has signed a one-year contract extension with the county.
The 35-year-old joined Essex in 2007 from Leicestershire and has been the leading First-Class wicket-taker at the club for four years in a row.
He made 16 LV=County Championship appearances last season, taking an impressive 51 wickets in the process.
He'll now stay with Essex until the end of the 2015 season.
Speaking to the club's official website, Masters said that he was happy to extend his stay:
“I am very happy to a have signed a new contract with Essex.
"Being 35-years-old, this will take me up the age of 37 and I want to play for as long as I can.
"This is a great step for me to continue playing cricket for as long as I can continue to perform on the pitch."
Monty Panesar has taken to Twitter to express his delight at signing for Essex.
The England bowler agreed a two-year contract with the club earlier this afternoon, following a successful loan spell last season.
Essex have completed the signing of England spin bowler Monty Panesar on a two-year deal.
Panesar, who's currently with the England squad in Australia ahead of the upcoming Ashes series, enjoyed a successful loan spell with the county last season.
During that time, the 31-year-old took 14 wickets in six LV= County Championship games.
Speaking to the club's official website, Panesar said that his previous positive experience with Essex had been pivotal in his decision:
"I loved playing for Essex last season. In the short time I was there, I was made to feel very welcome, both in the team and around the Club.
"I will always remember how the supporters and members gave me a heart-warming round of applause when I first came on to bowl for them at Colchester last August. It helped me to feel respected and loved as a cricketer after experiencing a challenging time in my life.
"I am determined to play my part in inspiring the team to be successful in all competitions. I want to help the club build towards the kind of success they enjoyed in its glory days under legendary captains Keith Fletcher and Graham Gooch."
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