Graham Gooch accumulated more records yesterday, some more significant than others. When four short of his century against Hampshire, the 121st of his career and his fifth in his last six innings against Hampshire, he became the 12th highest scorer in cricket history, overtaking Colin Cowdrey's 42,719.
After the home side batted on to reach 539, Essex reached 209 for 2 at the close with Gooch unbeaten on 121.
Somerset's Graham Rose followed up his six wickets in the first innings against Nottinghamshire with six more in the second innings at Taunton. The visitors' lead, with just one wicket remaining, is only 127.
Derbyshire's new captain, Dean Jones, helped steady his side at Sheffield. Replying to Yorkshire's 561, his side lost two quick wickets to Chris Silverwood but the Australian hit an unbeaten 52 as Derbyshire reached 128 for 3.