Essex make up for lost time with a batting masterclass

Essex v Derbyshire – LV Insurance County Championship – Cloudfm County Ground, Chelmsford – Day Two – Summary

Essex 412/3d (76.0 overs)

Derbyshire 35/3 (22.0 overs)

Derbyshire have won the toss and elected to bowl

Derbyshire trail Essex by 377 runs with seven first-innings wickets standing

Having lost the first day in its entirety due to inclement weather conditions, Essex made up for lost time with a batting masterclass, led by centuries from skipper Tom Westley and Dan Lawrence.

Nick Browne and Alastair Cook were also in good nick. The pair put on 137 for the first wicket – Browne first to go after scoring 59. Cook followed seven balls later for 58 – Billy Stanlake claiming both victims for the visitors.

Essex skipper Tom Westley scored 106 for Essex agaisnt Derbyshire at Chelmsford (Kieran Galvin ActionFotoSport)

But a 221-run stand between Westley and Lawrence carried Essex clear. Westley eventually fell on 106, while Lawrence’s unbeaten 152 off 133 deliveries included sixteen fours and six 6s.

The declaration came after seventy-six overs with Essex having amassed 412/3.

Dan Lawrence was unbeaten on 152 as Essex declared on 412/3 (Kieran Galvin ActionFotoSport)

In gloomy conditions, the Essex spinners got to work with Simon Harmer 2/12 from eleven overs at the close and Derbyshire struggling on 35/3. Play will resume on Saturday at 11am.

Essex: Nick Browne, Alastair Cook, Tom Westley (Capt), Dan Lawrence, Paul Walter, Ryan ten Doeschate, Adam Wheater (WK), Simon Harmer, Shane Snater, Sam Cook, Jamie Porter

Derbyshire: Billy Godleman (Capt), Luis Reece, Brooke Guest, Leus du Plooy, Wayne Madsen, Matthew Critchley, Harvey Hosein (WK), Fynn Hudson-Prentice, Alex Hughes, Billy Stanlake, Dustin Melton

Officials: Ian Blackwell, Muhammad Syed and James Whitaker

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Brian Jeeves

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