County Championship: Billy Godleman hits Derbyshire century but Essex still on top

Billy Godleman Derbyshire
Derbyshire skipper Billy Godleman has made three Championship centuries in his past eight innings
Specsavers County Championship Division Two, The 3aaa County Ground, Derby, day three
Essex 530-9 dec: Browne 229*, Westley 72; ten Doeschate 60; Milnes 6-93
Derbyshire 165: Mellor 44, Napier 4-28 & 213-5: Godleman 100; Napier 2-28
Essex 7 pts, Derbyshire 1 pt - Essex lead by 152 runs

Derbyshire captain Billy Godleman hit a century against his former county Essex on day three, but his side still face defeat at the 3aaa County Ground.

The hosts, who resumed their first innings on 116-6, were bowled out for 165 - Graham Napier claiming 4-28.

Essex made them follow-on 365 behind, but the visiting bowlers found things tougher going second time around as Derbyshire closed on 213-5.

Godleman was out for 100, while Wayne Madsen passed 1,000 Championship runs.

Madsen went just before stumps, caught by Jaik Mickleburgh off on-loan seamer Will Rhodes for 37.

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