Cricket: Feeble Essex fold

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A COMBINATION of pace and spin helped Gloucestershire collect a maximum 24 points against Essex at Colchester yesterday to sustain their challenge for the County Championship.

Courtney Walsh and Martyn Ball each took four wickets as Essex were bowled out for 107 in their second innings, giving the visitors a victory by an innings and 281 runs with more than a day to spare.

Even allowing for the fact that they were forced to field a weakened side, Essex's performance can only be described as feeble and lacking in backbone.

Darren Robinson and Paul Grayson were the only batsmen to reach double figures and put up any sort of resistance in a fourth-wicket stand of 45.