Essex stay on promotion track

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Essex completed their demolition job over Derbyshire midway through the third day by an innings and 178 runs at Chelmsford to return to second in the table.

Already three down overnight, Derbyshire lost Hassan Adnan early, a regulation catch in the slips by Ravi Bopara, off Andre Adams. Jake Needham, the nightwatchman, battled hard but Alex Tudor took three quick wickets before the lower order offered some late resistance.

The innings was eventually wrapped up by James Middlebrook and Tim Phillips 25 minutes after lunch. Tudor ended the match with an excellent low diving catch moving in from long-on off Phillips to remove Steffan Jones.

Essex will enter the final round of Championship matches leading Worcestershire by four points in the chase for the second promotion spot.

Derbyshire 3rd innings Partnerships

1st1SD StubbingsCR Taylor
2nd28Hassan AdnanCR Taylor
3rd5TR BirtHassan Adnan
4th24Hassan AdnanJ Needham
5th47GM SmithJ Needham
6th17AG BothaGM Smith
7th5AG BothaLJ Goddard
8th56GG WaggLJ Goddard
9th29PS JonesGG Wagg
10th6PS JonesKJ Dean