Worcestershire return to Specsavers County Championship action today when they take on Essex at Chelmsford.

Here are the first class records of the previous meetings between the two counties.

Worcestershire – Played: 149 Won: 34 Lost: 47 Drawn: 68

Last match played: Essex won by 32 runs at New Road – 11th-13th May 2018

Essex 177 (AN Cook 37, JC Tongue 4-45) & 275 (DW Lawrence 71, JC Tongue 5-53)

Worcs 238 (JM Clarke 105, RS Bopara 3-30) & 182 (TM Head 62, PM Siddle 5-37)

Highest total – Worcestershire: 650-7 dec Chelmsford 2006

Highest total – Essex: 601-5 dec Chelmsford 2016

Lowest total – Worcestershire: 49 Leyton 1922

Lowest total – Essex: 65 Chelmsford 1947
65 Chelmsford 1973

Highest score – Worcestershire: PA Jaques 244 Chelmsford 2006

Highest score – Essex: T Westley 254 Chelmsford 2016

Best innings bowling -Worcs: CF Root 9-40 New Road 1924

Best innings bowling – Essex: W Mead 8-35 Leyton 1911

Best match bowling – Worcs: RTD Perks 15-106 New Road 1937

Best match bowling – Essex: K Farnes 14-119 New Road 1938

Most runs – Worcestershire: D Kenyon 2587 Ave: 40.42

Most runs – Essex: J O’Connor 2037 Ave: 39.17

Most wickets – Worcestershire: RTD Perks 157 Ave: 24.42

Most wickets – Essex: TPB Smith 135 Ave: 23.53

Best partnerships for Worcestershire:
1st 279 CF Walters HHIH Gibbons Chelmsford 1934

2nd 264* TS Curtis TM Moody Ilford 1991

3rd 333 SC Moore BF Smith New Road 2005

4th 271 TW Graveney BL D’Oliveira New Road 1966

5th 203 MJ Horton G Dews Leyton 1959

6th 169 G Dews R Booth New Road 1960

7th 126 GA Hick DN Catterall Chelmsford 1999

8th 145* F Chester WH Taylor New Road 1914

9th 142 DA Leatherdale RK Illingworth Chelmsford 1993

10th 72 RO Jenkins PF Jackson Chelmsford 1947

Best partnerships for Essex:

1st 214 GA Gooch JP Stephenson Southend on Sea 1986

2nd 237* HA Carpenter CAG Russell New Road 1914

3rd 232 J O’Connor CAG Russell New Road 1928

4th 298 AV Avery R Horsfall Clacton on Sea 1948

5th 185 SG Law SD Peters Kidderminster 2000

6th 170 DR Wilcox LC Eastman New Road 1933

7th 171 TE Bailey BR Knight Leyton 1959

8th 183 DJ Insole R Smith New Road 1951

9th 121 CP McGahey W Reeves Leyton 1920

10th 97 RS Bopara D Gough Chelmsford 2006

*Thanks to Worcestershire CCC analyst Phil Mellish for the above information