Graeme Swann kickstarted England’s surge to victory in the final session of their at times problematic Ashes warm-up match at Chelmsford.
Yorkshire;s Jonny Bairstow also passed 20 for the second time in the match, but any encouragement derived was off-set when he was also bowled out for the second time.
A testing passage of play while Boyd Rankin and Reece Topley were bowling nine overs in tandem proved too much for Bairstow.
He aimed a confident drive towards mid-on off Rankin but missed the ball and lost his middle-stump.
The likely Test number six therefore completed his unconvincing match with the bat, having had no first-class innings since faring well on his home ground at Headingley in England’s victory over New Zealand back in May.
But Swann, who gave England a significant injury scare before being cleared of a break to his forearm on day two here, and Graham Onions would later see to it that Alastair Cook’s team go to Trent Bridge after all with a win under their belts.
Swann (five for 68) succeeded where England’s seam attack did not initially, accounting for Essex’s top three in the hosts’ notional pursuit of 415 to win.
Then Onions (four for 43) joined in, taking three wickets for no runs as as a rush of five went for 11 either side of tea.