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.
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South Africa win by 131 runs
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