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James Foster fell for 16

Essex v Leicestershire, Chelmsford, 4th day

Smith, Foster lead Essex to safety

An unbeaten 41 from captain James Foster helped Essex bat out the final day of their Championship Division Two tie with Leicestershire and secure a draw at Chelmsford

Jigar Naik took 7 for 96

Kent v Leicestershire, Canterbury, 4th day

Smith, Robson light up dull draw

Leicestershire were the whipping boys too often last season, cast adrift at the foot of Division Two, to contemplate a more daring declaration on the final day against Kent

Graham Napier made early breakthroughs with the ball

Gloucestershire v Essex, Bristol, 2nd day

Smith best, Napier gives Essex control

Greg Smith finished with a career-best 177 as Essex clinched maximum batting points for the first time this season and took a firm grip at Bristol.

Greg Smith only made 2

Gloucestershire v Essex, Bristol, 1st day

Smith best makes Gloucs pay

Greg Smith's first County Championship century for Essex guided the visitors into a strong position on the opening day against Gloucestershire at Bristol.

Gloucestershire v Worcestershire, Cheltenham 4th day

Fluent Klinger leads Gloucs home

Michael Klinger scored a fluent 92 as Gloucestershire got a monkey off their back with a six-wicket win over Worcestershire at Cheltenham.

Essex v Leicestershire, Chelmsford, 4th day

Smith runs through Leicestershire

Middlesex needed just 80 minutes to wrap up a ten-wicket win and condemn Sussex to their first defeat of the season in the County Championship.

Surrrey v Essex, FLt20, South Group, The Oval

Greg Smith outshines Ponting

Ricky Ponting hit a masterly 65, his highest score in the Friends Life t20, but it was not enough to prevent Essex from ending Surrey's run of four successive victories with an eight-wicket triumph

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Essex failed to perform - Grayson

Paul Grayson, the Essex coach, has admitted the 2011 season fell well below the club's expectations

Middlesex v Derbyshire, Lord's, 1st day

Reliable Murtagh keeps Middlesex on top

Steven Finn made light of the 120-mile drive from Nottingham and his late inclusion for Middlesex by taking a wicket with his third ball of the game as County Championship rivals Derbyshire were dismissed for 252 on the opening day at Lord's