Dan Lawrence frustrates Derbyshire

Essex’s highly promising batsman Dan Lawrence has frustrated the Derbyshire bowlers on the opening morning of the LV County Championship Division Two match at Derby.

The 18-year-old right hander batted through the first session to score 43 out of 93-1 after Derbyshire had won the toss and put Essex in on a chilly overcast day.

Lawrence’s application made it a disappointing morning for Derbyshire who would have expected more than the one wicket in the conditions as they try and win at home in the championship for the first time this season.

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England fast bowler Mark Footitt claimed his 64th championship wicket when he bowled Nick Browne for 18 but that was Derbyshire’s only success as Lawrence and Tom Westley saw Essex safely through to lunch.