Nottinghamshire are about to embark on the new 2018 season, where they are back in Specsavers County Championship Division One after a one-year hiatus. In the lead-up to it, is running the rule over their seven opponents, one each day – with a little bit of help from left-arm seamer Harry Gurney. Today we focus on Essex.

Captain: Ryan ten Doeschate.

Head Coach: Anthony McGrath.

Championship overseas players: Peter Siddle (Australia) and Neil Wagner (New Zealand).

Championship signing: Matt Coles (Kent).

Ground: The Cloudfm County Ground, Chelmsford.

Betting odds: 10-3.

Harry says: “Last year’s champions didn’t just win the division, they absolutely bossed it, with 10 victories from 14 games. They were massively underestimated, which worked in their favour. They won’t have the same element of surprise this time, but they still have key bowlers, spinner Simon Harmer and seamer Jamie Porter, who will need to fire again if they are to defend their title.”


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