Derbyshire took another step towards Division One when they held out for a draw in a tense finale with Essex .
All-rounder Greg Smith is moving from Derbyshire to Essex, who have also tied star bowler David Masters to a new deal.
Geraint Jones hit 28 not out to see Kent to a six-wicket win over Essex with five sessions to spare.
An incredible spell from David Masters guided Essex to an emphatic 280-run win over Leicestershire.
Trialist leg-spinner Tom Craddock claimed 4-70 as Essex beat Northamptonshire by 171 runs at Chelmsford.
Derbyshire were just 21 runs away from securing victory when the rain saved Essex on day four.
Peter Trego and Zander de Bruyn bowled title-chasing Somerset to a 219-run win over Essex at Colchester.
Leicestershire's bowlers were left frustrated as Essex scrapped for a draw at Chelmsford.
Ireland's humbling by South Africa should not derail their push for a quarter-final spot, says Mike Atherton.
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Kevin Pietersen's possible return for England is an 'extraordinary' twist, says Bob Willis.
England must reassess their ODI approach after a nine-wicket defeat to Sri Lanka, says Nasser Hussain.
Jacques Kallis and V.V.S. Laxman will be part of Sky Sports' wall-to-wall, multi-platform coverage of the ICC World Cup.
David Lloyd tees it up with Jimmy Anderson and goes in to bat for the Associate nations.
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