Derbyshire enter Day Two at the Ford County Ground having enjoyed much the better of the first day at Chelmsford.
Having lost the toss, the visitors were asked to bowl first before dismissing the hosts for 182 inside 80 overs, with David Wainwright starring with figures of 5-51.
Having reached 37-1 at the close, Derbyshire will begin Day Two 145 runs adrift of Essex' first innings effort, with Martin Guptill (19*) and Wayne Madsen (15*) the not out batsmen.
Yesterday, having won the toss and elected to bat first, Essex did not take long to lose their first wicket, former Glamorgan captain Alviro Petersen caught at 2nd slip by Martin Guptill off the bowling of Tim Groenewald for six.
Tom Westley and Owais Shah – the latter returning for his first appearance for the county this season following a stint in the IPL – then briefly looked like building the Essex innings.
However when Westley played on to a Ross Whiteley delivery to bring to an end a short but fluent knock of 36 from 58 balls, Derbyshire had removed both openers with 54 runs on the board.
The dismissal of the vastly experienced and dangerous Shah – caught at the wicket off Wainwright for 21 - rounded off a profitable and productive opening session for the table-toppers; the hosts moving to 80-3 at Lunch.
Derbyshire’s reluctance to relinquish the initiative has stood them in good stead in the LV=County Championship this season, and the afternoon session at Chelmsford was no different as Wainwright began to come in to his own.
Ben Foakes, playing in just his second First Class match for Essex, fell to the same Poynton/Wainwright combination that had removed Shah for 18, with captain James Foster hauling out to Wes Durston off Wainwright for 0 moments later.
At 101-5, Essex needed a big partnership that had eluded them throughout the day. Mark Pettini, who had played solidly throughout, and former Derbyshire all-rounder Greg Smith briefly threatened to oblige.
However with the score 135-5, Smith’s resistance ended for 18, caught Dan Redfern and bowled Wainwright to give the slow left arm bowler his fourth of the innings; Essex slumping to 154-6 at Tea.
Despite passing a well-constructed and defiant half century, Pettini was fast running out of partners and the evening session did little to stem the Derbyshire tide with David Masters caught Guptill at 2nd slip off Groenewald for 13.
It was the former England Under 19s batsman who was next to fall, caught and bowled Wainwright for a 139 ball 56 to give the bowler his fifth wicket of the innings.
Tymal Mills – LBW Palladino for 0 – and Charl Willoughby – run out Palladino for one – promptly followed suit; Essex dismissed for 182 in the 80th over.
Facing an hour to bat before the close of play, Derbyshire lost Paul Borrington LBW to Masters for three early on, however Guptill (19*) and Wayne Madsen (15*) saw the visitors through to close; Derbyshire 37-1, trailing Essex by 145 runs with nine first innings wickets in hand.
Inside Edge: 'We were great in the field today. Brilliant bowling performance from all the bowlers and especially well done to Wainers on his five! Looking forward to batting ourselves into a big lead tomorrow.' - Wayne Madsen
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