Close of Play

  • Sun, 4 May - day 1 - Essex 1st innings 254/6 (KS Velani 18*, 95.5 ov)
  • Mon, 5 May - day 2 - Leicestershire 1st innings 255/2 (EJH Eckersley 104*, AJ Robson 69*, 85 ov)
  • Tue, 6 May - day 3 - Essex 2nd innings 101/1 (JC Mickleburgh 47*, GM Smith 43*, 34 ov)
  • Wed, 7 May - day 4 - Essex 2nd innings 271/5d (101 ov) - end of match

Match Notes

  • 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

  • Mickleburgh leads Essex fightback

    Essex battled back on day three with an impressive unbeaten partnership from Jaik Mickleburgh and Greg Smith to take a big slice out of Leicestershire's first-innings lead of 152

  • Advert for Essex: bowlers required

    Essex, so short of fast bowlers that their bowling coach Chris Silverwood joked they should put an ad in the paper, will have to work hard to prevent Leicestershire's first away win for two years

  • Depleted Essex saved by old guard

    Leicestershire's tough-minded start to the season continued at Chelmsford as they made an injury-hit Essex struggle