Alan Gardner at Essex 159 & 196-4 v Lancashire 319 & 317-3 dec
Two big wickets here and Lancashire are firmly back in the hunt. Ravi Bopara has just nicked a good ball from Kyle Jarvis to the keeper, after Stephen Parry finally made the breakthrough for Lancashire, after almost 40 overs of probing today, bowling Tom Westley after a gutsy 61 from 190 balls. Jarvis and James Anderson have the second new ball with which to make mischief and Essex need a second wind; Dan Lawrence, at least, is still carrying the fight, unbeaten on 79 and having just taken a blow to the chest from Anderson. The second-youngest player on the field is demonstrating his maturity today.