|LV= County Championship Division Two, Chelmsford (day one, close)|
|Essex: 177-6: ten Doeschate 43, Pettini 29 not out; Azharullah 3-51|
|Northants: Yet to bat|
|Essex 0 pts, Northants 2 pts|
Northants pace bowler Azharullah took three wickets to put Essex in trouble on the opening day of their Division Two match at Chelmsford.
Rain delayed play until an hour after lunch before Northants captain Alex Wakely chose to bowl first.
Azharullah claimed the wickets of Nick Browne, Ravi Bopara and Ryan ten Doeschate as Essex slumped to 119-6.
Mark Pettini and captain James Foster shared a sixth-wicket partnership of 58 before bad light stopped play early.
|Closing in on a landmark|
|Essex opener Nick Browne needs 61 more runs to reach 1,000 for the season. If he does, he will be the first Essex batsman to do so since Ravi Bopara in 2008.|