Alastair Cook’s century and three wickets from paceman Tymal Mills has put Essex on top after day three at Chelmsford.
Derbyshire claimed four quick wickets after lunch on the penultimate day, but the damage had already been done as Essex posted 425 in their second innings, a lead of 365.
Wayne Madsen’s side had 52 overs to face and closed the day on 167-5, with Shivnarine Chanderpaul 41 not out, and Derbyshire requiring another 199 runs for victory on the final day.
England Captain Cook displayed his international quality batting for over seven hours to frustrate Derbyshire as the hosts built a commanding lead on the third day at Chelmsford.
Cook was the mainstay of the Essex innings, finally falling for 181 off 335 balls which included 19 fours, as Simon Grayson’s side were dismissed shortly after Lunch for 425.
Captain Foster, celebrating his 34th birthday, ably assisted Cook with an unbeaten 55 to take his side to 393-6 at lunch. But Derbyshire fought back immediately after the restart claiming the last four wickets for just 32 runs.
England Captain Alastair Cook hit an unbeaten century as Essex fought back on day two at Chelmsford.
Paceman David Masters claimed three wickets on the second morning to take his innings tally to six, as the hosts claimed the last five Derbyshire wickets in quick succession to dismiss Wayne Madsen’s men for 154.
The Essex batsman flourished in the final two sessions of the day, led by Cook who remained undefeated on 139 at stumps. Ravi Bopara (48) and Tom Westley (56) both added half centuries as the hosts closed on 297-5, a lead of 237 runs.
Resuming with a 45-run lead, Derbyshire lost their last five wickets for just 15 runs as Masters and Graham Napier (3-52) tore through the visitors’ lower order.
Masters claimed two wickets in the first over before removing Tim Groenewald (2) in his second over to return figures of 6 for 46 off his 22 overs. Napier ended the innings with two quick wickets, to take his innings tally to three, as Derbyshire were dismissed for 154.
Tim Groenewald claimed a hat-trick as Derbyshire dismissed Essex for 94 to enjoy the better of the opening day at Chelmsford.
Groenewald (5-44 off 12 overs) dismissed Ravi Bopara (3), Greg Smith (0) and Ben Foakes (0) in successive deliveries to pick up his maiden first-class hat-trick as the hosts slumped from 44-1 to 94 all out.
Mark Footitt shared the wickets with Groenewald, finishing as the pick of the bowlers with impressive figures of 5 for 29 off his 14.3 economical overs.
West Indies batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul (66*) led the Derbyshire reply hitting an unbeaten half-century as Derbyshire closed the day with a 45-run lead with five wickets in hand.
After electing to bat first, Essex enjoyed a trouble-free start to the day with England Captain Alastair Cook playing freely to move the hosts to 44-1 after an hour’s play.
Tickets for Derbyshire’s three all-ticket matches - versus Nottinghamshire, India and Yorkshire - are now available for Members and Six Pack Ticket Holders to collect from The 3aaa County Ground.
Dues to heavy demand, Members and Six Pack Ticket Holders are asked to claim tickets from the ticket office by Friday 9th May for the following fixtures:
Date Competition Opposition Venue Start
Friday 6 June NatWest T20 Blast Notts Outlaws Derby 7pm
Tuesday 1st July Tour Match Day 1 India Derby 11am
Wednesday 2nd July Tour Match Day 2 India Derby 11am
Thursday 3rd July Tour Match Day 3 India Derby 11am
Sunday 13th July NatWest T20 Blast Yorkshire Vikings Chesterfield 2.30pm
Last season’s Twenty20 clash with Nottinghamshire Outlaws was a complete sell-out, while the limited overs fixture with Yorkshire Vikings was attended by over 4,000 supporters at the picturesque Queen’s Park, Chesterfield.
This summer also sees the visit of India as they face Derbyshire in an eagerly-anticipated three-day tour match at the County Ground, starting Tuesday 1st July.
Graeme Welch has named a 13-man squad for Derbyshire’s LV= County Championship opener against Essex at Chelmsford; starting on Sunday at 11am.
Elite Performance Director Welch has named an unchanged squad which drew against Durham MCCU at The 3aaa County Ground at the start of April.
Tim Groenewald starred against the University students claiming five wickets to blow the visitors away for just 67 in the first innings. West Indies batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul top-scored with 91 in reply, after Stephen Moore (73) and Billy Godleman (67) had shared a 152-run opening stand.
Essex enter the fixture after securing a convincing 335-run victory against Cambridge MCCU. Veteran Graham Napier led the seam attack claiming impressive figures of 7 for 21 in the first innings before returning match figures of 9 for 32.
Napier is expected to lead the Essex attack this weekend alongside David Masters, young paceman Tymal Mills and England spinner Monty Panesar.
Derbyshire travel to Chelmsford on Sunday to begin their new LV= County Championship Division Two campaign against Essex.
It’s a ground the county last visited in 2012 when Derbyshire claimed their fourth victory of the campaign, their second successive inside three days, to move 26 points at the top of the table – and set the Club firmly on their way to the Division Two title.
Despite losing the toss and being asked to bowl first, Wayne Madsen’s side flourished in the first innings dismissing their hosts for 182 inside 80 overs on the opening day.
Tim Groenewald (2 for 26 off 16 overs) claimed an early breakthrough removing South Africa international Alviro Petersen, before David Wainwright took centre stage to blow away the Essex top and middle order.
The left-arm spinner finished with impressive figures of 5 for 51 off his 22.2 overs, including two in the same over, to put Derbyshire one the front foot after day one.
Wayne Madsen says the squad are determined to get the new four-day season off to a strong start against Essex at Chelmsford, commencing on Sunday.
The squad and coaching team returned to The 3aaa County Ground yesterday to begin preparations for the LV= County Championship opener after spending time away in the Peak District.
Madsen says it's important that Derbyshire make a good start to the new campaign as the county push for an immediate return to Division One.
“After speaking with Tom and the Poynton family, they are keen for us to turn our attention to Sunday’s fixture,” Captain Madsen said.
“We have spent Tuesday away from The 3aaa County Ground and decided to trek around the Peak District. We walked for about 13-14 km and I can ensure you it wasn’t flat. It was a good chance to switch off, relax and reflect on the last few days. The trip was exactly what we needed.
“After a while the conversation turned to the processes of moving forward together and getting in the right frame of mind for the match against Essex.
Graeme Welch says the players are ready to start preparations for this Sunday’s LV= County Championship opener against Essex at Chelmsford.
The squad and coaching team spent time away from The 3aaa County Ground yesterday, trekking in Derbyshire’s Peak District before spending the night in traditional bunk barn accommodation at the Royal Oak at Hurdlow.
“It’s been an emotional time for everyone at Derbyshire,” Elite Performance Director Welch said. “This is such a close-knit club and everybody knows each other, so this has really affected us all.
“We decided to get away yesterday and spend time together as a team away from cricket. It gave us a chance to talk to one another and allowed us the time to get in the right frame of mind for Sunday.
The England and Wales Cricket Board has confirmed that Derbyshire’s rearranged LV= County Championship fixture versus Leicestershire will take place between Sunday 8 and Wednesday 11 June, 2014 at Grace Road.
The original fixture, due to start on Sunday 6 April, was postponed after Derbyshire wicketkeeper Tom Poynton was involved in a serious road traffic accident in which tragically Tom's father, Keith, was killed.
Tom sustained injuries to his lower limbs and, following his discharge from hospital, his rehabilitation is currently being supported at home by the Club Doctor and Club Physiotherapist. Depending on progress over the next couple of days, Tom may be able to undergo his first rehabilitation session back at The 3aaa County Ground towards the end of this week.
Derbyshire CCC Chief Executive Simon Storey said: "I would like once again to thank Leicestershire CCC and the ECB for their support and cooperation as we have worked through the revised schedule and plans for the rearranged fixture at Grace Road.
“With the full support of the Poynton family, we are moving forward as a Club towards the new season.
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