Derbyshire v Essex: Nick Browne's unbeaten ton keeps host out
|LV= County Championship Division Two, Chesterfield|
|Derbyshire 275-9 & 368-8dec drew with Essex 277 & 243-4|
|Derbyshire 10pts, Essex 10pts|
Nick Browne scored his second unbeaten century of the match as Essex drew with Derbyshire at Chesterfield.
Resuming on 237-5, Graham Napier (3-85) dismissed both David Wainwright (32) and Tony Palladino (40) as the home side declared on 368-8.
Requiring 367 for victory, Mark Footitt claimed Tom Westley, Ravi Bopara and Jesse Ryder in the space of four balls.
Ryan ten Doeschate scored an unbeaten 104 off 116 balls as opener Browne also reached three figures unscathed.
It was a vital innings for Ten Doeschate, whose highest score in his previous four matches this season was just 20, as he struck 13 fours and two sixes to help Essex finish on 243-4.
Browne, who hit his maiden first-class ton in the first innings against Derbyshire, became the first Essex player since Ravi Bopara in 2010 against Yorkshire to score a century in both innings of a match.
The draw leaves Essex in fourth, six points ahead of Kent, who have a match in hand.
Derbyshire remain eighth, 24 points behind Gloucestershire, although they too have a game in hand against their seventh-placed rivals.
BBC Essex's Paul Newton:
"If the match petered out into an inevitable draw, there was plenty of remarkable cricket along the way.
"Derbyshire batted on after lunch to set Essex an unrealistic 367 in 61 overs. Mark Footitt took three wickets in four balls to give the home side a tremendous boost, the more so when Foster fell to Wainwright at 50-4.
"There followed an unbroken partnership of 193, a fifth-wicket record for Essex against Derbyshire. The hitherto out-of-form Ryan Ten Doeschate was unbeaten on 104, but more remarkable was opener Nick Browne's 100 not out.
"Reaching his second ton of the match with a three to backward point, the captains shook hands on a draw with eight overs remaining. Browne had thus spent every minute of the match in the middle having aggregated 232 runs in the match without being dismissed. His maiden century only yesterday was the highest score ever made by an Essex opener carrying his bat."