LV County Championship - Division Two
Derby - Day Three
Essex 272 (J D Middlebrook 81 no) & 268 (R N ten Doeschate 132, A J Bichel 74) v Derbyshire 139 (A J Bichel 7-36) & 174 (T R Birt 63,Danish Kaneria 6-45, A J Bichel 4-96)
Essex (19pts) beat Derbyshire (3pts) by 227 runs
Danish Kaneria took 6-45 as Essex crushed Derbyshire by 227 runs inside three days at the county ground in Derby.
Derbyshire's batting line-up again looked paper thin without skipper Simon Katich, as they soon capitulated from 104-3 at the start of the day to being bowled out for 174 with five sessions of the match to spare.
As soon as Travis Birt went for 63 Derbyshire looked in trouble, and Kaneria went on to take his sixth five-wicket haul of the season as he ripped through the innings taking 6-45.
Australian Andy Bichel took a further four wickets to take his tally for the match to 11-132 as Essex collecting 19 points to keep their slim promotion hopes alive.
Day TwoDerbyshire reached 104-3 chasing a victory target 402 by the close of the second day against Essex.
Essex paceman Andy Bichel claimed two of the wickets to fall to take his match tally to nine, while Derbyshire's slim hopes rest on the shoulders of Travis Birt, who finished the day 58 not out.
Earlier, Ryan ten Doeschate's innings of 132 rescued Essex from the depths of 57-5 and allowed them to total 268 in their second innings.
Ten Doeschate shared a seventh-wicket stand of 122 with Bichel (74) to ensure Essex remain on course for the victory they require to keep their promotion hopes alive.
Andy Bichel took 7-36 to bowl Essex into a strong position after the opening day against Derbyshire.
Bichel's haul helped dismiss Derbyshire for 139 on a day when 20 wickets fell.
Essex were bowled out for 272 in 66.2 overs after opting to bat first, although they were rescued by the lower order after Derbyshire's new-ball pair Kevin Dean and Graham Wagg reduced them to 80-5.
Number seven James Middlebrook contributed an unbeaten 81 and shared stands worth 61 with Ryan ten Doeschate (38) and 74 with Tony Palladino (18).
The value of those runs soon became apparent as Bichel charged in to restrict Derbyshire's reply at 139 all out in 28.3 overs. James Pipe's 40 was the top score of a miserable effort.
By the close Essex openers Grant Flower and Mark Pettini had reached 9-0 in their second innings - an overall lead of 142.