County Championship: Essex bounce again with innings victory towards Derbyshire

Jamie Porter dismisses Matt Critchley

Matt Critchley (right) was one of three second-innings wickets for Essex seam bowler Jamie Porter
LV= County Championship Group One, Cloudfm County Ground, Chelmsford (day four):
Essex 412-3 dec: Lawrence 152, Westley 106
Derbyshire 146: Guest 49; Harmer 9-80 & 251 (f/o): Guest 65, Godleman 45; Porter 3-41, S Cook 3-45
Essex (24 pts) beat Derbyshire (1 pt) by an innings and 15 runs

County champions Essex bounced back from two defeats in three games with an innings victory over Derbyshire.

Despite the first day being abandoned, Essex still had time to win by an innings and 15 runs after dismissing Derbyshire for a second-innings 251.

Jamie Porter and Sam Cook both took three wickets while Simon Harmer claimed three more to go with his haul of 9-80 in the visitors’ first innings.

Brooke Guest made 65 as he top-scored in both innings for Derbyshire.

Having lost to Warwickshire by seven wickets and Nottinghamshire by an innings and 30 runs, Essex’s title defence looked to be stalling after…