Derbyshire breeze past Essex
Table-topping Derbyshire completed an emphatic 10-wicket victory over Essex in their LV= County Championship Division Two clash at Chelmsford.
Essex were all out for for 234 in their second innings and only James Foster and Owais Shah, who made 96 and 75 respectively, offered any real resistance but their efforts never threatened to undermine Derbyshire's superiority.
The visitors were left with the simple task of scoring 94 runs to record their fourth win of the championship campaign and they did this with over a day to spare, with Martin Guptill finishing on 66 not out, while Paul Borrington offered valuable support with an unbeaten 30
Derbyshire picked up 22 points from their triumph - their first at Chelmsford in 18 games, a run stretching back to 1937 - while Essex had to settle for three.
Essex resumed on 46 for two but were soon in trouble when left-arm spinner David Wainwright struck in consecutive overs.
A top edge from a mistimed pull by Mark Pettini gave Wes Durston a simple catch at first slip with the score on 73 before Ben Foakes had his middle stump knocked out of the ground.
Either side of these setbacks, Shah had looked secure, driving and cutting with confidence against pace and spin.
But against the gentle off-spin of Durston, he missed a long-hop and was bowled, a dismissal which brought an end to his innings containing 10 fours and a six.
With the score on 127 for five, Foster was left to keep the innings afloat.
He responded with a mixture of defence and controlled aggression, his more positive approach arriving in the latter stages as he was running out of partners.
Essex's captain reached his half-century containing six fours from 119 deliveries but then struck four sixes and two more fours before he was last out, an lbw victim to Tony Palladino.
Wainwright took three for 83 from 32 overs to finish with match figures of eight for 134, while pace bowler Tim Groenewald took three for 26 from 15 overs in Essex's second innings.
Martin Guptill wasted no time in setting the visitors on their way to their target, twice driving Charl Willoughby for six with effortless ease.
The New Zealander also picked up two fours against the same bowler and when leg-spinner Tom Craddock took over, he off drove successive deliveries for six and four to complete his half-century that arrived from 42 balls.
Paul Borrington was content to watch Guptill's blitz from the other end but then opened up to take two fours in an over from Greg Smith to carry Derbyshire to their target.