Derbyshire v Essex: Nick Browne's unbeaten 86 hands hosts edge

LV= County Championship Division Two, Chesterfield

Close, day two: Derbyshire 275, Essex 202-5

Derbys 3pts, Essex 4pts

Match scorecard

Nick Browne hit a career-best unbeaten 86 as Essex took charge against Derbyshire on day two at Chesterfield.

Resuming on 25-1, Ravi Bopara nicked Mark Footitt behind to Gareth Cross on the fifth ball of the day.

Opener Browne, 23, shared half-century partnerships with Jesse Ryder (32) and James Foster (29) before both were bowled by right-arm quick Tom Taylor.

Alex Hughes trapped Ryan ten Doeschate lbw for two before rain ended play early with Essex 202-5 trailing by 73.