LV County Championship - Division Two
Chelmsford - Day three
Essex 365 (G W Flower 157, J S Foster 96, R E M Williams 5-112, S T Finn 4-61) & 53-0 v Middlesex 171 (B J M Scott 61 no, A P Palladino 4-44) & 246 (E J G Morgan 71)
Essex (21pts) beat Middlesex (3pts) by 10 wkts
Essex finished their season with an emphatic 10-wicket victory against Middlesex at Chelmsford.
The visitors were bowled out for 246 in their second innings, Eoin Morgan top-scoring with 71.
James Middlebrook claimed 3-13 in the space of 6.5 overs, while Alex Tudor, Palladino and Jahid Ahmed finished with two wickets each.
The home side were left with the formality of scoring 53 to record their sixth championship success of the campaign.
Openers Varun Chopra and Grant Flower experienced no alarms in taking Essex home although they were deducted 1.5 points due to a slow over rate.
Andrew Strauss endured another batting failure as Middlesex were forced to follow on by Essex at Chelmsford.
Replying to Essex's 365 - they added just 20 runs for their final three wickets at the start of the day - Middlesex were bowled out for 171.
England left-hander Strauss, who has struggled for form all summer, was dismissed for 11 in the first innings and made only seven in the second as Middlesex reached 104-3, still trailing by 80 runs.
On both occasions Strauss' wicket was claimed by fast bowler Tony Palladino, each time with the help of Varun Chopra at second slip.
It all meant that Strauss has failed to top 40 in his last seven LV County
Championship innings during which he has collected a mere 137 runs.
Pace bowler Robbie Williams, 20, provided the one bright moment for Notts, claiming one of the three Essex wickets to fall for figures of 5-112 from 28.4 overs on his championship debut.
Grant Flower took full advantage of an early escape to lead Essex to 345-7 at stumps against Middlesex at Chelmsford.
The 36-year-old Zimbabwean batted throughout the day to finish on 145 and leave Ed Smith rueing the catch he put down when the opener was on 25.
Smith failed to accept a straightforward chance at first slip off paceman Dan
Evans and then spent the rest of the day watching Flower cut loose.
Flower's chief support came from James Foster, the pair adding 181 in 38 overs for the fifth wicket before the Zimbabwean found himself the guilty party in his partner's dismissal.
He called him for a suicidal single after playing the ball to point and Foster
was easily run out by Andrew Strauss's direct throw.