|LV= County Championship Division Two, Chelmsford|
|Essex 541 & 10-0 beat Gloucestershire 224 & 325 by 10 wickets|
|Essex 24pts, Glos 2pts|
Jesse Ryder's three final-day wickets helped Essex beat Gloucestershire to claim their second win of the season.
Having resumed on 194-4, the visitors put up some resistance before finally being dismissed for 325.
Ryder took two wickets with consecutive balls before Adam Rouse (49) and Matt Taylor (32 no) shared a last-wicket stand of 52, forcing Essex to bat again with just nine runs needed.
It only took nine balls as Nick Browne hit two fours to seal a 10-wicket win.
The victory lifted Essex from seventh to fifth in the Division two table, but they are 37 points adrift of Hampshire in the second promotion spot.
Ryan ten Doeschate made the initial breakthrough by removing Ian Cockbain for 43, with the help of Ryder's catch, to end an 80-run fifth-wicket partnership with Will Gidman, who soon followed, lbw to England spinner Monty Panesar for 40.
Ryder then weighed in with the ball for figures of 3-43, to go with his first-innings 133, before ten Doeschate brought Gloucestershire's innings to an end by having Rouse leg-before to deny him a half-century.
Essex head coach Paul Grayson:
"It was a good team performance and shows what we are capable of.
"It certainly gives us a great deal of confidence going into our next Championship game with Derbyshire at Chesterfield next week."
Gloucestershire director of cricket John Bracewell:
"It was one of those games where the toss was quite important but, having said that, I thought it was a very good wicket for four-day cricket.
"We should really have got 350 in our first innings, but you can't lose the first two days and expect to fight back successfully."
BBC Essex's Nick Gledhill:
"A fine victory for Essex, achieved with a session to spare and despite the absence of the injured David Masters.
"Worcestershire's facile win over Glamorgan keeps them 49 points ahead and almost out of reach but Essex still have to play the top two at home in their last six games.
"First they must beat Derbyshire at Chesterfield next week to sustain hopes of a late promotion challenge."