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Essex brush aside Derbyshire in NUL

Essex beat Derbyshire by five wickets with nearly 14 overs to spare at Chelmsford to ensure that they would avoid the wooden spoon in the Norwich Union Second Division

Somerset despatch Essex with some ease

With some formality, Somerset completed their fifth win of the season, beating relegated Essex by nine wickets to take 19 points and enhance their quest for runners-up position in the Cricinfo Championship

Essex follow on for eighth time this season

Somerset took total control of this match when they dismissed Essex for 172 to gain a first innings lead of 219 at Chelmsford before the home side safely negotiated the remaining 12 overs of the day

Skipper Cox leads Somerset recovery

The batting of Somerset captain Jamie Cox was the feature on the opening day of this Cricinfo Championship match against Essex which saw the Australian batting throughout the day to finish unbeaten on 175 before bad light stopped play with 10

Irani leads from the front as Essex defeat Middlesex in NUL

Essex skipper Ronnie Irani steered his side to their third NUL win of the season with an unbeaten 56 that helped secure a four-wicket victory over Middlesex with more than six overs to spare in their day/night match at Colchester

Lancashire enjoy best of relegation battle with Essex

Lancashire enjoyed a fruitful day with both bat and ball against relegation doomed Essex with the visitors taking a major step forward to fashioning the win that would virtually ensure their First Division status

Napier's all-round skill earns Essex rare win

Bottom of the table Essex pulled off a shock win against league leaders Worcestershire by 33-runs at Chelmsford with Graham Napier grabbing the headlines with a magnificent all-round performance