County Championship: Essex complete innings victory against Nottinghamshire
|Specsavers County Championship Division One, Trent Bridge, Nottingham (day four):|
|Nottinghamshire 213 & 183: Duckett 39, Ashwin 35; Harmer 4-35|
|Essex 519-9 dec: Browne 163, Bopara 135, Lawrence 64; Broad 3-75, Ashwin 3-162|
|Essex (22 pts) beat Nottinghamshire (2 pts) by an innings and 123 runs|
Essex completed an innings win against Nottinghamshire to strengthen their grip on second place in Division One and heap more pressure on the hosts.
Their fifth win in six games was also Notts' fifth defeat of the campaign to leave them rooted to the bottom.
Essex took less than an hour after lunch to take the remaining five wickets after Notts resumed their second innings on 100-5.
Simon Harmer (4-35) took three of those as Notts were dismissed for just 183.
India spinner Ravichandran Ashwin (35), on his Nottinghamshire debut, was the last man to fall as he miscued a pull shot off Jamie Porter to Peter Siddle.
Ben Duckett (39) was the first of Harmer's three victims when he was caught off an under edge by Adam Wheater, who finished the match with seven catches.
Essex picked up their second innings victory in three matches to take 22 points from their trip to Trent Bridge.
But despite their win, they lost ground on leaders Somerset, who took maximum points from their victory against Hampshire to move 15 points clear at the top.
Notts, still without a win this season, find themselves 33 points adrift at the foot of the table.
Nottinghamshire captain Steven Mullaney:
"At the minute, things aren't going for us and we aren't playing as well as we can do.
"The situation hasn't really changed. We still need to win three or four games, but we have one less match in which to do it.
"We now need to prepare well and get ready to go down to Taunton. Hopefully we can go there and turn it around and put them under pressure.
"From the end of day one we were always chasing the game and probably paid the price for getting a score probably 250 below par on a really good wicket.
"We haven't got any excuses. We have been outplayed again. If we don't do well I don't make excuses but we need to turn it round and try and put on a show for the last six games."
Essex captain Ryan ten Doeschate:
"We are stringing results together nicely. It's never easy to get a win away from home and that was a very flat wicket.
"Notts are still a good side; I know they are having a tough time of it, but we're delighted to come away with the points.
"I think it's important not to look too far ahead, but that is five wins out of the last six games after a slow start.
"I think to have a chance to win the championship, you have to have to go on a run of exceptional form and Somerset have done that in the early part of the season.
"For anyone to challenge them you have to string a number of wins together. So, we're giving ourselves a chance but there's a long way to go yet."