Harmer on cloud-nine as Essex take charge

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

Essex 412/3d (76.0 overs)

Derbyshire 146 and 97/1 (32.0 overs)

Derbyshire won the toss and elected to bowl

Derbyshire trail Essex by 169 runs with nine second-innings wickets standing

Simon Harmer made short work of Derbyshire’s batsmen as Essex took a firm grip of their LV Insurance County Championship encounter at Chelmsford.

Again, Essex progress was hampered by the weather. The first day had been washed out and although centuries from Dan Lawrence and Tom Westley helped the home side to a sizable 412/3d, the rain returned to frustratingly hold up proceedings before Harmer struck devastatingly.

The off-break bowler finished with career-best figures on 9/80 as Derbyshire were skittled for 146. Brooke Guest offered some form of resistance with 49 off 116 balls before the visitors’ were forced to follow on.

Luis Reece was knocked over by Jamie Porter in off the penultimate delivery of the third over. However, Guest (56*) skipper, Billy Godleman (39*), bad light and rain held up the Essex charge and set up a fascinating final day. Play will resume on Sunday 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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