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County Championship Division Two day three - Essex 182 & 234 (three points) lost to Derbyshire 323 & 96-0 (22 points) by 10 wickets

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Despite a valiant effort from Owais Shah and skipper James Foster with the bat, Essex slipped to their first defeat at Chelmsford to table-toppers Derbyshire since 1937 comprehensively by 10 wickets.

They began the day on 46-2, still requiring another 95 for the visitors to bat again.

And despite doing that they lost wickets at regular intervals, with batsmen both getting in and then out again in disappointing fashion.

Paul Grayson’s side had looked comfortable early on as Shah passed 50, but lost their first wicket when Mark Pettini top edged the ball high into the air and yesterday’s hero with the bat Wes Durston took a simple catch.

Nineteen-year-old Ben Foakes didn’t last long to become David Wainwright’s first victim of the day as he clean bowled the Essex youngster.

That brought skipper Foster together with Shah as they set about survival and Shah continued to strike the ball cleanly, hitting Wainwright back over his head with a lovely six.

But just after he had reached 75 he then got himself out with a poor shot as he failed to connect with a full delivery from Wainwright and found himself bowled.

That was the killer blow and despite Greg Smith getting himself set with 17, he was then caught in no man’s land at the crease by former Essex boy Tony Palladino.

David Masters, after just hitting a boundary then was the second home batsmen to fall foul of another full delivery and was caught excellently by Jonathan Clare at square leg.

Skipper Foster continued to persevere and reached his half century but at the other end was running out of partners.

Tom Craddock came and went without troubling the scorers after being on the end of a poor call for a run from Foster.

Though number 10 bat Tymal Mills failed to score he hung around with the former Wanstead youngster for 37 minutes as the Essex skipper approached a well-deserved century after notching up four sixes as he took the attack to Derbyshire.

However, he nudged at a ball going down the leg side for wicketkeeper Tom Poynton to gather and the end was nigh.

The lead, and Foster’s innings had crept towards the three-figure mark before Palladino trapped the skipper lbw for 96.

And despite a slot start to the small chase, New Zealander Martin Guptill raced to 50 off just 42 balls after smashing spinner Tom Craddock for 19 off one over.

Guptill ended the innings unbeaten on 66, with opening partner Paul Borrington undefeated on 30 with the total reached in 18 overs.

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