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Wednesday 17th
posted by Morning Star in Sport

by Michael McCann
at Chelmsford

Essex beat Derbyshire by an innings and 31 runs to lift themselves from the bottom of the Division Two County Championship yesterday.

The hosts scored 473 all out to take a huge first innings lead of 335, though a century from Derbyshire captain Wayne Madsen provided stern resistance.

4-64 from Graham Napier and 3-26 for Jesse Ryder helped bowl Derbyshire out for 294, after the visitors made just 148 all out in their first innings.

Resuming on 449-8 overnight, Essex had not lasted long as Wayne White claimed the wickets of Aron Nijjar leg before and James Foster to finish with a well-deserved 6-113.

However, half-centuries from Nick Browne, Alistair Cook, Ravi Bopara, Jesse Ryder and James Forster meant Essex did not look like a side that has secured the least number of batting points in their division this season.

The visitors had made just 148 in a mere 35 overs in their first innings, losing four batsmen for ducks, with James Porter particularly impressive in taking 4-28.

A stand of 60 for the 7th wicket from Shiv Thakor and White, who scored 44 and 38 respectively, was the primary resistance from Derbyshire, who recovered somewhat from 5-25.

In their second innings Derbyshire lost both openers to the impressive Porter within the opening five overs, though Chesney Hughes and Madsen put on 166 for the third wicket.

Eventually Hughes was bowled by Bopara for 80, while Wes Durston and Scott Elstone both got starts and failed to go on.

Durston hit a counter-attacking 28 before being bowled by Napier and Elstone was caught at the wicket off Ryder for 24.

Visiting captain Madsen made a resilient 100 from just 149 balls, though Derbyshire fell from 261-4 to 294 all out.

Napier had Madsen caught by Cook in the slips for 112, Thakor leg before for 15 and bowled Tom Poynton for nought.