Essex win strengthens grip on second place in Division

Essex beat Nottinghamshire by an innings to strengthen their grip on second place in Division One.

Their fifth win in six games saw Nottinghamshire rooted to the bottom of the table.

Essex took less than an hour after lunch to take the remaining five wickets needed, with Simon Harmer’s 4-35 helping to dismiss Notts for just 183.

India spinner Ravichandran Ashwin (35), on his Nottinghamshire debut, was the last man to fall as he miscued a pull shot off Jamie Porter.

Essex picked up their second innings victory in three matches to take 22 points from their trip to Trent Bridge.

But despite their win, they lost ground on leaders Somerset, who took maximum points from their victory against Hampshire to move 15 points clear at the top.