James Foster: Essex can be encouraged despite being bottom

Leicestershire v Essex
Essex's loss to Leicestershire at Chelmsford was the first time the visitors had won in the Championship since 2012

Essex captain James Foster says his side can be encouraged by their performances, despite sitting bottom of Division Two.

Wednesday's six-wicket defeat by Leicestershire was the first time their opponents had won in 38 four-day games.

But Foster told BBC Essex: "It's not a position that I thought we'd be in, but I'd be more upset if we were playing poorly, and we're not.

"If lady luck changes, I still think we can have a very good four-day season."

Essex's only victory of the Championship season came in April, when Foster led his side home against Kent with an unbeaten 80.

Since then, they have lost in the four-day format against Leicestershire, Glamorgan and Gloucestershire, as well as drawn against Surrey, with their only win coming in the T20 Blast.

"Unfortunately there's been some home games where it's been tricky batting first," said Foster.

"We went to Surrey and Glamorgan and played very well.

"On Tuesday against Leicestershire, there was a moment we lost five or six wickets for 50-odd runs, and you can't do that."

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