April sees red ball cricket return to Chelmsford as the Specsavers County Championship resumes in 2018. Essex County Cricket Club will be looking to retain their Championship crown after claiming the trophy for the first time in 25 years in 2017. Essex will be kicking off their title defence at The Cloudfm County Ground during the 4-day match versus Lancashire which begins on Friday 20 April and is set to conclude on Monday 23 April.
- Essex v Lancashire – 20-23 April – Championship, 11am
May features two different competitions during a busy month on Cricket. Championship cricket will make way for the first white ball competition of the summer, with Chelmsford hosting both Championship and Royal London One-Day Cup matches over the course of the month. Essex will host Yorkshire in the Championship over the May day bank holiday weekend before 50-over cricket takes centre stage for the remainder of the month. Visits from Somerset, Surrey and Glamorgan are all due to take place as the Essex Eagles look to go one better than their semi-final appearance in 2017.
- Essex v Yorkshire – 04-07 May – Championship, 11am
- Essex Eagles v Somerset – 25 May – One-Day Cup, 2pm
- Essex Eagles v Surrey – 27 May – One-Day Cup, 11am
- Essex Eagles v Glamorgan – 30 May – One-Day Cup, 11am
Getting here by train
Essex County Cricket Club is a 5 minute walk from Chelmsford station
From London – journey from 32 minutes
From Colchester – from 18 minutes
From Ipswich – from 38 minutes