A brilliant hundred from Ravi Bopara guided Essex to a comfortable win in an YB40 match against Lancashire. Essex won the match by a big margin of 70 runs.

It was a belter of a deck at Old Trafford and the Essex skipper James Foster had no hesitation in electing to bat first after winning the toss.

The visitors were off to a poor start as one of their openers Gautam Gambhir perished early.