|LV= County Championship Division One, Cloud County Ground, Chelmsford (day one)|
|Essex 310-6: Rossington 104, Critchley 83*, Westley 50; Abbas 2-60|
|Hampshire: Yet to bat|
|Essex 2pts, Hampshire 2pts|
Adam Rossington ended his horror season with a century as Essex commanded day one of their County Championship clash with Hampshire and boosted their title bid.
Wicketkeeper Rossington came into the match having only scored 188 runs in a season wrecked by injury and poor form but pushed through the gears to reach 104 – his best for Essex.
Matt Critchley added a ninth Championship fifty to his impressive season after Tom Westley reached 1,000 runs for the campaign on his way to his own half-century.
Essex ended the day on 310-6, Critchley still going strong on 83 following a 177-run stand with Rossington.
Essex began this penultimate round of fixtures 18 points behind leaders Surrey as the final challenger to the London…