|County Championship Division Two, Chelmsford|
|Close, day one: Essex v Leicestershire 328-4|
|Essex 1pt, Leicestershire 3pts|
Ned Eckersley's second Championship ton of the season helped Leicestershire build a strong total against Essex.
The visitors won the toss and elected to bat before openers Niall O'Brien (51) and Greg Smith (46) put on a decent partnership of 91 runs.
Right-hander Eckersley then played sensibly as he reached his 100 in 199 balls with a four off David Masters.
And Eckersley continued to the close of play to finish on an impressive 133 as the visitors closed on 328-4.