Turning points Three key games in title charge
Draw v Lancashire, Chelmsford, April 4-7. Essex collapsed in their first innings back in division one, but Dan Lawrence batted for more than a day for his unbeaten 141.
Win v Somerset, Taunton, April 11-14. Essex were set 255 on a turning pitch and Alastair Cook made a masterly 110.
Win v Middlesex, Chelmsford, June 23-26. Only eight balls were left in this day/night game when Essex won thanks to 14 wickets by Simon Harmer.