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Northants crush Essex

Northamptonshire have beaten Essex in their LV County Championship Division 2 clash by an innings and 9 runs.

Essex could only manage 183 in their first innings but Northamptonshire's tail wagged to notch 399 in reply.

Aussie Steven Crook finishing on 88 not out, David Willey helping himself to 76 in a 111 run stand with Crook. Trent Copeland also weighed in with 70 off 67 balls. Essex bowler Graham Napier finished with figures of 6-97

Essex could only manage 207 in their second innings. Willey the pick of the Northamptonshire bowlers with 5-67.