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Essex's Dan Lawrence plays a cover drive

Leicestershire v Essex, Specsavers Championship, Div Two, Grace Road, 2nd day

Lawrence century turns game for Essex

If it is in adversity that a player can most accurately be judged, Essex have unearthed another gem in Dan Lawrence

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Graham Napier runs in

Derbyshire v Essex, Specsavers Championship Div 2, Derby, 4th day

Napier on course for perfect finish

Graham Napier boosted his chances of bowing out of the game on a high with a four-wicket haul as Essex moved closer to promotion by crushing Derbyshire.

Billy Godleman made his highest first-class score

Derbyshire v Essex, Specsavers Championship Div 2, Derby, 3rd day

Godleman hundred holds up Essex

Billy Godleman staged a one-man roadblock but Essex remain on course to boost their promotion chances after Derbyshire were forced to follow-on in the Division Two match at Derby

Nick Browne anchored Essex's reply

Derbyshire vs Essex, Specsavers Championship Div 2, Derby, 2nd day

Derbyshire implode after Browne double

Nick Browne's unbeaten double-century provided the platform for Division Two leaders Essex to take complete control of the match against Derbyshire at Derby

Nick Browne's hundred anchored Essex's reply

Derbyshire vs Essex, Specsavers Championship Div 2, Derby, 1st day

Patient Browne heaps more punishment on Derbyshire

Something about playing against Derbyshire brings out the best in Nick Browne and the Essex opener punished his favourite opponents again on the opening day of their Specsavers County Championship match