Group 1, Chelmsford, May 13 - 16, 2021, County Championship
(f/o) 146 & 251

Essex won by an innings and 15 runs

Essex 1st Innings
Derbyshire 1st Innings
Derbyshire 2nd Innings (Following on)
Match Details
Essex 1st Innings 
Nick Browne c Madsen b Stanlake591131427052.21
Alastair Cook c Godleman b Stanlake58991498058.58
Tom Westley (c)c du Plooy b Critchley10611215415194.64
Dan Lawrence not out 152133164166114.28
Paul Walter not out 1281820150.00
Extras(lb 5, nb 18, w 2)25
TOTAL76 Ov (RR: 5.42)412/3d
Fall of wickets: 1-137 (Nick Browne, 33.4 ov), 2-138 (Alastair Cook, 35.2 ov), 3-359 (Tom Westley, 71.6 ov)
Billy Stanlake1729125.357110117
33.4 to NLJ Browne, breakthrough, and Stanlake gets his maiden Derbyshire wicket! Browne chides himself after nicking to slip driving at a wide one... Reward for the big Australian, a thick outside edge squirting to second slip. That'll make Billy and Derbyshire feel a bit better about things. 137/1
35.2 to AN Cook, oh dear, Cook has chipped to extra cover! Big Billy gets the big fish, Stanlake has another! Not sure what happened to Cook's timing there, as he tried to go through with his drive but spooned a catch to Godleman - who nearly dropped it before holding on at the second attempt. 138/2
Luis Reece1304703.61596001
Dustin Melton1325304.07586101
Fynn Hudson-Prentice1217506.254112000
Matt Critchley1208717.25326510
71.6 to T Westley, flighted, Westley goes over the off side this time, but picks out du Plooy on the boundary! Goes looking to keep the scoreboard moving, Critchley the beneficiary. 359/3
Alex Hughes603305.50215000
Wayne Madsen302107.0083000
Derbyshire 1st Innings 
Luis Reece lbw b Harmer22322008.69
Billy Godleman (c)c ten Doeschate b Lawrence929331031.03
Brooke Guest c ten Doeschate b Harmer491161694042.24
Leus du Plooy c Lawrence b Harmer22722007.40
Alex Hughes st †Wheater b Harmer2261664036.06
Wayne Madsen c Lawrence b Harmer2341441256.09
Matt Critchley c & b Harmer4691066.66
Harvey Hosein c ten Doeschate b Harmer981120112.50
Fynn Hudson-Prentice not out 318280016.66
Billy Stanlake  b Harmer069000.00
Dustin Melton c & b Harmer1561411250.00
Extras(b 1, lb 7)8
TOTAL56.5 Ov (RR: 2.56)146
Fall of wickets: 1-10 (Luis Reece, 6.4 ov), 2-16 (Billy Godleman, 9.3 ov), 3-27 (Leus du Plooy, 16.5 ov), 4-71 (Alex Hughes, 34.4 ov), 5-103 (Wayne Madsen, 46.5 ov), 6-109 (Matt Critchley, 48.5 ov), 7-127 (Harvey Hosein, 50.6 ov), 8-128 (Brooke Guest, 52.3 ov), 9-128 (Billy Stanlake, 54.3 ov), 10-146 (Dustin Melton, 56.5 ov)
Simon Harmer25.598093.091269300
6.4 to LM Reece, Reece attempts to leave, kisses the back pad - and up goes the finger! Was just outside the line, but no shot played, and Ian Blackwell doesn't take too long to think about it. Harmer amongst 'em already. 10/1
16.5 to JL du Plooy, flight and bite, du Plooy prods forward... and sends a low edge to Lawrence stood at gully! Harmer bags another, luring the left-hander out and prolonging his run of bad form. Eagles circling like vultures in the gloaming. 27/3
34.4 to AL Hughes, Hughes attempts to come down now, Harmer ghosts one past the outside edge... and although Wheater takes a while to gather and whip off the bails, Hughes can't get back. After a bit of a wait, Essex get their first of the day. 71/4
46.5 to WL Madsen, gottim, snared at leg slip! Madsen slumps on to his bat handle, he'd been busy against Harmer but that hasn't prevented the offspinner breaking through. Tossed up high once again, gripping as Madsen hung back and flicked across the line, and Lawrence scoops it up. 103/5
48.5 to MJJ Critchley, tossed up and slapped straight back to the bowler! Harmer has five, and Critchley has rather gifted him that! He swipes his bat in frustration... poor shot, even without accounting for the fact rain is due to sweep in again soon. 109/6
50.6 to HR Hosein, snapped up at short leg! Straight off the face of the bat, but ten Doeschate scoops it above the turf! Six for Harmer and that Derbyshire wobble has well and truly materialised. 127/7
52.3 to BD Guest, Guest props forward, deflects up off the front pad, ten Doeschate grabs it - given! He's gone one short of his half-century, though doesn't look too pleased with the decision. Must have been close to flicking the glove on its way up... and it was good enough for Ian Blackwell. Seven for Harmer now. 128/8
54.3 to B Stanlake, bowled 'im! Eight for Harmer, Derbyshire floundering... Stanlake aiming to force a cut off the back foot, but misses it completely, hits the top of middle. 128/9
56.5 to DR Melton, smashed back to the bowler, Harmer grabs it and throws the ball away! Nine wickets for Harmer, and that's a career-best! Melton punches himself out and Derbyshire have collapsed in a heap here, losing seven wickets in a session. 146/10
Dan Lawrence1122011.81541000
9.3 to BA Godleman, flighted leg side, steered to short leg... and this is given, with Godleman standing his ground! Not sure if he thought it came straight off the pad, but it seemed to go straight to ten Doeschate lurking under the helmet, and Essex were convinced. Lawrence pushing for allrounder status here!. 16/2
Sam Cook72801.14371000
Jamie Porter811802.25391000
Shane Snater521202.40252000
Derbyshire 2nd Innings (Following on) 
Luis Reece  b Porter0713000.00
Billy Godleman (c)lbw b Porter45951453047.36
Brooke Guest lbw b SJ Cook651411507146.09
Leus du Plooy c AN Cook b Snater3968937057.35
Wayne Madsen c ten Doeschate b Harmer3664691156.25
Matt Critchley c AN Cook b Porter2568822036.76
Harvey Hosein c ten Doeschate b Harmer546510010.86
Fynn Hudson-Prentice c ten Doeschate b Harmer881020100.00
Alex Hughes c Walter b SJ Cook835490022.85
Billy Stanlake c Westley b SJ Cook820241040.00
Dustin Melton not out 2490050.00
Extras(b 6, lb 4)10
TOTAL92.4 Ov (RR: 2.70)251
Fall of wickets: 1-14 (Luis Reece, 2.5 ov), 2-111 (Billy Godleman, 38.1 ov), 3-118 (Brooke Guest, 42.6 ov), 4-193 (Wayne Madsen, 61.5 ov), 5-193 (Leus du Plooy, 62.4 ov), 6-218 (Harvey Hosein, 77.3 ov), 7-226 (Fynn Hudson-Prentice, 79.5 ov), 8-234 (Matt Critchley, 84.2 ov), 9-248 (Billy Stanlake, 90.4 ov), 10-251 (Alex Hughes, 92.4 ov)
Jamie Porter1954132.15913000
2.5 to LM Reece, timbaaaaaah! Middle stump is flat on the ground, Derbyshire lose their first second time around! Expansive drive from Reece, but he only succeeds in dragging it into the woodwork. This could get messy. 14/1
38.1 to BA Godleman, Porter pins Godleman in front! First breakthrough of the day for Essex, angling in from round the stumps and rapping the pads, pretty adjacent despite Godleman batting out of his crease - up goes the finger and Derbyshire's captain is gone. 111/2
84.2 to MJJ Critchley, This could be curtains for Derbyshire's hopes! Tight lines from Porter, shaping into a back-foot block and snagging the edge for Cook to pocket the chance at first slip. Valiant defence, but it might be for nought now. 234/8
Sam Cook16.454532.70776000
42.6 to BD Guest, Guest plays no shot, hit on the knee and he's gone! Badly misjudged, a "be my guest" leave as Cook veered the ball into him on a length. No hesitation from Blackwell, and Guest heads off after making his second CB in the match. 118/3
90.4 to B Stanlake, round the wicket, very full and into the legs, an ambitious high-elbowed flog through the line from Stanlake, but he's merely plopped that into the hands of Westley at long-on! He flips his bat in disgust as he traipses off... Essex are one wicket away from a vital victory in an otherwise soggy round!. 248/9
92.4 to AL Hughes, closes the face on a leg-stump line, a leading edge to point and Essex have pulled off their victory!. 251/10
Simon Harmer45912232.7120912200
61.5 to WL Madsen, flicked leg side, ten Doeschate plunges to take the catch! Harmer makes the breakthrough! A steady stand for Derbyshire, but Harmer finally gets one to stick, securing his first wicket in the second innings - and ten for the match. Huge moment in the game. 193/4
77.3 to HR Hosein, Sharp turn from outside off, Hosein turns to leg with a closed face and and stabs it low to a deep-set short leg!. 218/6
79.5 to FJ Hudson-Prentice, Now then, we've got proper drama brewing now! More turn for Harmer, Hudson-Prentice is back on his stumps, bobbles a nudge off the knee-roll and ten Doeschate belies his 40-plus years by leaping forward to gather!. 226/7
Shane Snater1022712.70442000
62.4 to JL du Plooy, no doubt about this one, steered straight to slip! Snater bags du Plooy with one that leaves him on a good length, finds the edge and Cook gobbles up the catch!. 193/5
Dan Lawrence21603.0090000
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County Ground, Chelmsford
TossDerbyshire, elected to field first
Match days13,14,15,16 May 2021 - day (4-day match)
Hassan Adnan
Ian Blackwell
Match Referee
James Whitaker
PointsEssex 24, Derbyshire 1
Thu, 13 May - day 1 - no play
Fri, 14 May - day 2 - Derbyshire 1st innings 35/3 (Brooke Guest 14*, Alex Hughes 5*, 22 ov)
Sat, 15 May - day 3 - Derbyshire 2nd innings 97/1 (Billy Godleman 39*, Brooke Guest 56*, 32 ov)
Sun, 16 May - day 4 - Derbyshire 2nd innings 251 (92.4 ov) - end of match
Day 4
  • Derbyshire 2nd innings
  • Batting and Bowling Points: Essex 8, Derbyshire 1
Derbyshire Innings
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