County Championship: Essex take charge against Northants

Jesse Ryder Essex
Jesse Ryder has taken 37 wickets for Essex in the County Championship this season at an average of 23.62
LV= County Championship Division Two, Chelmsford (close, day three)
Essex 360 & 55-1: Lawrence 23no, Westley 16no
Northants 275: Kleinveldt 52no; Ryder 3-53, Porter 3-93
Essex lead by 140 runs with nine wickets remaining
Essex 7pts, Northants 4pts
Match scorecard

Essex took charge against Northants on the third day at Chelmsford, before bad light brought about an early close.

Having resumed on 143-3, the visitors lost wickets at regular intervals, while Richard Levi was forced to retire hurt with a broken finger.

Rory Kleinveldt made an unbeaten 52, but Jesse Ryder (3-53) starred with the ball as Northants were all out for 275.

Nick Browne fell early, but Tom Westley (16) and Dan Lawrence (23) stood firm as Essex closed on 55-1, a lead of 140.

Lawrence, however, needed a large slice of luck as he was twice dropped off Kleinveldt on four.

Essex will be looking to accelerate on the final morning to set up a declaration and the possibility of victory in Chris Silverwood's first game as acting head coach.

They have not won in the Championship since beating Glamorgan by 248 runs in mid-July, with both games since then ending in defeats.