|LV= County Championship - Division Two, Grace Road|
|Leicestershire 2pts, Essex 1pt|
Essex skipper James Foster returned from his two-match suspension to lead his side out of trouble against Leicestershire at Grace Road.
Essex were struggling on 115-5 when he joined Ravi Bopara at the crease.
After putting on 54 together, Bopara was bowled for 50, Essex then losing another wicket to slump to 174-7.
But Foster hit 58 not out, staying to the end of a marginally truncated day, backed by Maurice Chambers (30), who went late on as Essex totalled 248-8.