Essex will keep pushing right to the end of the season in the hope of winning the County Championship title, says head coach Anthony McGrath.
They start an away game against relegated Northamptonshire on Tuesday, 20 points behind leaders Surrey.
Essex must win with maximum points and hope Surrey lose to Hampshire without any batting points.
“Of course it’s going to be tough, they only need four points but you never know,” McGrath told BBC Essex.
“Essex over the last few years have pulled some amazing results out so all we can do is go to Northampton, try to get full points and see where that take us.”
They would have been only four points behind Surrey had they beaten Hampshire at Chelmsford last week – but the visitors chased down a target of 267 in the final over of play.
Surrey escaped with a draw in their match against Northants after being made to follow on at The Oval.
“It’s still mathematically possible,” said McGrath. “We knew…