|Specsavers County Championship Division Two, County Ground, Northampton|
|Northamptonshire v Essex, day one|
|Northamptonshire 376-5: Duckett 189, Newton 75; Bopara 4-64|
|Essex: Yet to bat|
|Northamptonshire 4 pts, Essex 1 pt|
Ben Duckett's fine 189 put Northants in a commanding position against Essex on day one at the County Ground.
Duckett and Rob Newton (75) shared a 167-run first-wicket stand before the latter was caught off Ravi Bopara.
The 21-year-old hit 28 fours and a six before falling 11 runs short of a second double century this season as he was bowled by Bopara (4-64).
Adam Rossington and Steven Crook both then fell cheaply to medium pacer Bopara as Northants closed on 376-5.