Warwickshire v Essex: Fine batting display puts Essex close to title

Dan Lawrence
Specsavers County Championship Division One, Edgbaston (day two):
Warwickshire 201 & 7-0
Essex 369-9 dec: Chopra 98, Lawrence 78, Foster 68
Warwickshire trail by 162 runs
Essex 7 pts, Warwickshire 3 pts

Essex put themselves on the brink of the County Championship title and edged Warwickshire closer to relegation with a dogged batting display at Edgbaston.

If Lancashire lose at Somerset, Essex will be crowned champions for the first time since 1992 with victory.

Essex moved from their overnight 69-0 to 369-9 declared, a lead of 168.

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