Derbyshire 303 (Critchley 43, MacDonnell 35 not)
Essex won by an innings and 62 runs
A few minutes to spare until we go out for the evening, so just a few comments on today's result, which was never really in any doubt.
Matt Critchley played another nice cameo, while Charlie MacDonnell dug in nicely for the second time in the match and finished unbeaten at the end.
In other news, it is pleasing to see the chairman's comments today, suggesting that there are plenty of irons in the fire. This is neatly reinforced by the announcement of new contracts for Shiv Thakor and Billy Godleman, two men who are very much key to our future plans.
I don't think they would have signed up for the immediate future without an indication of the club's ambition, perhaps an idea of the players we are chasing and the coaches who have expressed an interest in the Derbyshire role.
I'd also suggest it as very clever and sensible marketing by the club, getting the news 'out there' at the end of a game where we largely outplayed after the first session.
More from me soon.