Essex cricket coach Paul Grayson has issued a public apology after his side's "shambolic" loss to Northamptonshire last week.
Essex were beaten by an innings and nine runs in the LV= County Championship Division Two match at Wantage Road.
Northamptonshire had been 171 for eight in their first innings but recovered to post 399 and claim a lead of 216.
The visitors were then bowled out for 207 in their second innings to slump to defeat, according to Grayson, "by a highly embarrassing margin".
– Paul Grayson Essex cricket coach
"As head coach, I feel that I wish to publicly express my apologies to all members and supporters for the shambolic performance produced by the Essex players that resulted in an innings defeat at Northamptonshire last week.
"I feel that it is right that our members and supporters should be aware that the players have been told in no uncertain terms that their performance, as a team, was totally unacceptable and will not be tolerated."