Essex are on the verge of creating history as they are set to win the County Championship Division One title for the first time in 25 years following their innings victory over Warwickshire in Birmingham.
Simon Harmer and Jamie Porter shared 15 wickets between them as Essex bowled out Warwickshire for 201 and 112 runs in both their innings to wrap up the game in a convincing manner.
Earlier, Varun Chopra scored a brilliant 98 while Dan Lawrence and Jamie Foster also contributed with fifties as Essex claimed a massive 168 run first innings lead.
The victory has taken them to 209 points in the Division One table as they maintained their unbeaten streak this season, also winning eight out of the 12 games.
The celebrations were put on hold by second-placed Lancashire, who need to win against Somerset but staved off defeat until Friday.
After asked to follow-on, Lancashire now have a slender 45 run lead with just two wickets in hand at stumps on day three.
“The last challenge is to go unbeaten this season but we’re going to celebrate first,” Essex captain Ryan ten Doeschate of the Netherlands told the BBC.
“I know it’s not confirmed but I think whatever Lancashire do now is pretty irrelevant.”
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