County Championship: Rain stops Essex victory push against Derbyshire
|Specsavers County Championship Division Two, Chelmsford|
|Essex v Derbyshire, day four|
|Essex 538-7 dec: Browne 255, Lawrence 116; Thakor 4-107|
|Derbyshire 280 & 261-4: Hughes 66 not out|
|Essex 11 pts, Derbyshire 8 pts|
Essex were unable to press home their advantage as rain forced the game against Derbyshire into a draw.
Play was delayed until mid-afternoon and Derbyshire began steadily before Hamish Rutherford (68) was dismissed.
Wayne Madsen fell lbw shortly after to Graham Napier (1-59).
Opener Chesney Hughes however (66 not out) remained firm, thrashing spinner Dan Lawrence for six, before both sides shook hands for the draw with Derbyshire on 261-4.
The result keeps Essex top of the Divison Two table, 18 points ahead of second-placed Kent.