|Specsavers County Championship Division Two, Chelmsford|
|Essex v Derbyshire, day three|
|Essex 538-7 dec: Browne 255, Lawrence 116; Thakor 4-107|
|Derbyshire 280 & 150-1: Godleman 75|
|Essex lead by 108 runs|
|Essex 6 pts, Derbyshire 3 pts|
Essex all-rounder Ravi Bopara took a career best 5-49 as Derbyshire were forced to follow-on at Chelmsford.
The visitors resumed on 124-2 but Bopara had Wayne Madsen and Tom Poynton caught behind, Hamish Rutherford caught at square leg and Matt Critchley trapped lbw to reduced them to 207-8.
Tom Taylor (25) and Tony Palladino (24 not out) helped the away side to 280 all out, still 258 runs behind.
Billy Godleman's 75 helped the host close on 150-1, still 108 runs behind.
Derbyshire opener Chesney Hughes (26 not out) was forced off after feeling unwell while batting but is likely to bat tomorrow.