Worcestershire v Essex: Daryl Mitchell hits ton in draw
|County Championship Division Two, Worcester|
|Essex 215 drew with Worcestershire 351-6 dec|
|Worcestershire 10pts, Essex 6pts|
Worcestershire skipper Daryl Mitchell helped himself to a final-day century as their rain-affected game against Essex finished in an inevitable draw.
Only a couple of creative declarations could have produced the prospect of a positive result for either team.
However, the home side opted to bat through, with Mitchell hitting 156 before being bowled by David Masters.
He added 127 with Moeen Ali (54) and 107 with Thilan Samaraweera (70 not out) before they declared on 351-6.
Having been dismissed for 215 in their first innings, Essex were looking to their bowlers to get among the wickets, but the pitch provided little assistance and it was part-time spinner Tom Westley (17) who struck first when Matt Pardoe was caught at short-leg as he attempted to sweep.
Moeen departed when he drove Graham Napier to extra cover, but Mitchell reached three figures off 198 balls - although it took him 15 overs to progress from 90 to 100 - and hit 21 fours in total before he finally departed.
After that, the match became an attempt to eke out extra bonus points.
Essex collected a second for bowling as Masters had Gareth Andrew lbw and Neil Pinner caught behind for figures of 3-70 and Worcestershire finally passed 350 to earn a fourth for batting before their declaration brought the game to an end.