County Championship: fans of all 18 counties preview the cricket season

How is your team shaping up? Fans give their verdicts on the season ahead

I thought we’d narrowly avoid relegation before last season, so found our Championship win quite astonishing. But Simon Harmer won’t be the same unknown quantity this season and Jamie Porter will also be treated with more respect. Our middle order batting is somewhat brittle; it wasn’t regularly exposed last year due to Alastair Cook’s early-season involvement, which will be much reduced in 2018. Some of the aimless and generally negative captaincy at other clubs accounted for the huge discrepancy in the number of wins achieved by Essex compared to everyone else. The more enlightened teams will be far more proactive this season. Michael Shea

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