Wainwright puts Essex in a spin
Left-arm spinner David Wainwright continued his fine form as Derbyshire started impressively in their LV= County Championship Division Two clash with Essex at Chelmsford.
Having claimed 5-51 to bowl Derbyshire to victory over Glamorgan last week, Wainwright repeated those efforts today as Essex were dismissed for just 182.
Mark Pettini’s painstaking 56 - his fourth half-century in successive games - was the only effort of note as the home side stumbled.
In reply, Derbyshire were 37 for one, with Paul Borrington the only man to fall.
Wainwright embarked upon his destructive course after Tim Groenewald dismissed Alviro Petersen and Tom Westley dragged Ross Whiteley on.
The spinner first had Owais Shah, who hit 21 on his return from Indian Premier League duty, caught behind off a delivery that turned sharply.
Ben Foakes and James Foster were then ousted in the same Wainwright over, while Dan Redfern pulled off a magnificent one-handed diving catch at short leg to see the back of Greg Smith.
Pettini needed just over three hours to complete his fifty, which, between periods of solid defence, contained four fours and a pull for six at the expense of his former colleague Tony Palladino.
But, after Groenewald got rid of David Masters, Wainwright completed his five-wicket haul when having the former Essex skipper caught and bowled.
Palladino wrapped up the innings by running out Charl Willoughby after trapping Tymal Mills leg before.
Leaders Derbyshire did not get off to the best of starts in reply as Masters and Willoughby attempted to make up for the shortcomings of Essex’s batsmen.
With only three runs on the board, Masters claimed his 500th first-class wicket when trapping Borrington in front.
In the previous over, Martin Guptill should have gone without scoring but Petersen failed to hold on to an easy waist-high catch in the slips off Willoughby.
Guptill and Wayne Madsen were unbeaten on 19 and 15 respectively as Derbyshire reached the close without further loss.