Essex 227 & 24-2 lead Yorkshire 111 by 140 runs
Jack Brooks made early inroads into the Essex top-order as Yorkshire attempted to prevent the champions putting the game beyond their reach at Chelmsford.
The Yorkshire seamer had two for 16 from his opening six overs as Essex made the worst possible start after securing a 116-run first-innings lead. Varun Chopra and Ravi Bopara fell in the space of two balls in Brooks’s second over, both plumb lbw with only six runs on the board.
At tea on the second day, Essex had extended their advantage by 24 runs in 17 overs for the loss of those two wickets with Nick Browne and Dan Lawrence focused on crease occupation on 15 and three respectively.
Yorkshire had been dismissed for 111 in 46 overs by mid-afternoon with Jamie Porter, Neil Wagner and Simon Harmer splitting nine wickets equally between themselves. Porter claimed his for 29 runs in 14 overs, Wagner at a personal cost of 21 from nine, and Harmer for 36.
Matt Fisher and Steven Patterson held out for nine overs after lunch, adding just eight runs, before three wickets fell in 14 balls. Porter pinned Patterson lbw, Harmer had Jack Brooks flashing outside off-stump to be snapped up behind, and Fisher exposed his stumps to give Porter his third wicket.
The last-wicket pair took Yorkshire past three-figures before Harmer had Karl Carver trying to leave one alone, only to glove the ball behind.