NASSER HUSSAIN and Salim Malik came close to rewriting their own county record as they destroyed the Derbsyhire attack at Chelmsford yesterday.
Hussain hit his third century of the season and Salim his first as Essex amassed 421 for 5. They shared in a fourth-wicket stand of 290 in 71 overs, 24 runs short of the record they established against Surrey at The Oval in 1991.
Hussain's century took 160 balls. He hit 21 fours and a six before he was caught behind off Devon Malcolm.
Salim looked ill at ease at the start, but settled down to complete his century with his fourth six. He went on to make a 132 which contained 13 fours, before falling to Frank Griffith.
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