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England batter Dan Lawrence defied Warwickshire despite a hamstring injury as Essex battled to avoid defeat in a gripping LV= Insurance County Championship match at Edgbaston.

Trailing by 217 on first innings, Essex closed the third day on 290 for eight – 73 ahead – with Lawrence, who batted at number seven and with a runner, having bolstered their resistance with a valiant 44 from 105 balls.

The 24-year-old’s movement was clearly restricted by the injury he sustained while chasing a ball in the field on the first day. But his resolve, in alliance with Simon Harmer (60 not out, 129 balls) in a seventh-wicket stand of 81 in 29 overs, kept their team alive.