England skipper Alastair Cook hits 127 as Essex bat out a draw on the final day against Surrey at The Oval.
Essex head coach Paul Grayson says big-hitting batsman Jesse Ryder could prove to be a "box office" signing.
Skipper Graeme Smith makes 65 as Surrey reply to Essex's 306 all out with 217-6 on day three at The Oval.
Essex sign New Zealand batsman Jesse Ryder to play in all formats for the 2014 season, pending a visa application.
Paceman Matt Dunn dismisses Alastair Cook for 39 as Surrey restrict Essex to 225-6 on day two at The Oval.
Heavy rain sees day one of Surrey's match against Essex at The Oval abandoned without a ball bowled.
Monty Panesar picks up two wickets as Essex begin the new season with a 53-run victory over Derbyshire at Chelmsford.
England captain Alastair Cook made 181 to put Essex in a strong position going into day four against Derbyshire.
Captain Alastair Cook says there are places to be won in the England Test side to face Sri Lanka in June.
England captain Alastair Cook scores an unbeaten century as Essex take control on day two against Derbyshire.
Former Essex bowler Mervyn Westfield scores a century for Frinton on his return to cricket after a ban for spot-fixing.
A hat-trick from Derbyshire's Tim Groenewald steers them into a commanding position in their Championship game at Essex.
Former Pakistan spinner Danish Kaneria denies being involved in a 2009 spot-fixing scandal which led to his life ban.
BBC Sport radio commentators assess the prospects for the teams ahead of the 2014 season
The BBC will broadcast live commentary on every county cricket game this summer.
Essex head coach Paul Grayson confirms that his team will start the season without an overseas player.
Essex all-rounder Ryan ten Doeschate is appointed as the county's new skipper for all forms of limited-overs cricket.
Matt Walker leaves his post as assistant head coach at Essex to join Kent and is replaced by Chris Silverwood
Essex seamer Reece Topley rules himself out of the England Lions tour to Sri Lanka because of a back problem.
Essex spinner Tim Phillips will continue at the club for a 15th season after signing a one-year deal with the Chelmsford club.