David Willey took five wickets as Northamptonshire completed an emphatic innings-and-nine-run victory inside three days in their LV= County Championship Division Two match against Essex at Wantage Road.
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The visitors collapsed in the chilly conditions as they were bowled out for 207 with only Rob Quiney and England's Ravi Bopara providing any resistance with knocks of 56 and 41 respectively.
Willey followed up his batting heroics from the second day with superb figures of five for 67 from 22 overs as Northants wrapped up their first win of the season before tea.
Essex began the day on 94 for two in their second innings, 122 runs behind their opponents, with Australia international Quiney resuming on 44 and night-watchman Maurice Chambers yet to score.
Quiney went on to complete a watchful half-century off 101 balls with a four over square leg off former South Africa all-rounder Andrew Hall.
But he perished cheaply when he edged a leg-side delivery from Willey to wicketkeeper David Murphy and the wickets fell at regular intervals thereafter.
Chambers spent 75 minutes at the crease, although he only made three off 65 balls before his off stump was taken out by Steven Crook.
Essex were then plunged further into trouble when David Sales took a brilliant one-handed catch to his right to dismiss Mark Pettini (five) off Hall to reduce the visitors to 133 for five.
They limped along to 154 for five at lunch, still 62 runs behind but they then lost their captain and wicketkeeper James Foster for 11 in the fourth over of the afternoon when he nudged Willey to Hall at first slip.
Greg Smith was then caught and bowled by Willey, who showed great reflexes to pick up his fourth wicket.
The 23-year-old seamer then completed his fourth five-wicket haul in first-class cricket when Bopara edged a terrific delivery behind to Murphy.
This came after Willey had equalled his career-best total of 76 yesterday as part of a remarkable effort by Northants' tail-enders that set up their victory.
Any chance of making Northants bat again disappeared when Graham Napier (13) launched Hall to Crook, who took an easy catch at extra cover.
Crook then finished off proceedings when he sent Tymal Mills' middle stump tumbling, meaning Northants come away from this one-sided encounter with 23 points and Essex just three.