Essex head coach Paul Grayson has said his side's Division Two victory over Leicestershire could prove vital in rekindling their promotion aspirations.
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"I told the players that this was a massive day in our four-day cricket," Grayson told BBC Essex.
"All we can do is keep chipping away and one or two people may be looking over their shoulders in a few weeks."
Essex moved up to fourth, 17 points off the promotion places, after beating Leicestershire in a game in which Ryan ten Doeschaete showed he is hitting a rich vein of form.
The 32-year-old all-rounder, scored 77 runs across the two innings and finished Leicestershire's second innings with bowling figures of 4-28.
"He deserved his wickets and was unlucky not to get five," said Grayson, who now turns his attention to Friday's Twenty20 opener against Hampshire.
"He's confident at the moment, he's in a good place with his cricket.
"There's one or two people hitting some really good form for the important stages of the season."