|LV County Championship Division Two, Derby|
|Close of play, day two: Essex 179 & 24-0, Derbyshire 288|
|Derbys 5pts, Essex 3pts|
Derbyshire hold an 85-run advantage over Essex after the second day's play.
The hosts slipped from 64-2 to 76-4 after early wickets for David Masters (5-71) but Wayne Madsen hit a patient 51, before Luke Sutton's 43 secured a 109-run first-innings lead.
Essex then had to face 10 overs before reaching the close in their second innings on 24-0, still 85 behind.
After the close of play, Derbyshire announced they were parting company with coach John Morris immediately.
CLOSE OF PLAY SUMMARY
BBC Essex's Dick Davies:
"David Masters returned his second five-wicket haul of the season. And, although his analysis is less impressive, Chris Wright also bowled with commendable spirit and aggression to return fine figures of 2-57 in 22 overs.
"Tim Phillips, Essex's in-form bowler, only had seven overs but, even in that short spell, continued to pose problems.
"Essex openers Alastair Cook and Jaik Mickleburgh then batted with resolve to see their side to overnight safety."