Tom Westley top-scored with 84 as Essex beat an under-strength Lancashire side by six wickets in the One-Day Cup.
Westley hit 10 fours in his 91-ball innings as the home side reached 249-4 in the 39th over.
Steven Croft (51) and Paul Horton (49) shared a stand of 63 for the Red Rose county, but Matt Salisbury took 4-55 as they were restricted to 247-7.
And after Westley fell to Arron Lilley (2-36), Jesse Ryder completed Essex’s victory with a belligerent unbeaten 71.
It was their second win in three group games so far, while Lancashire have lost all three they have played.
Having been put in, the visitors lost Usman Khawaja early and although Karl Brown grafted for 47 before Croft and Horton came together, there was no-one able to provide the kind of impetus so often supplied by England’s Jos Buttler, who is away on Test duty, although Jordan Clark (21 not out) hit the final ball of their innings for six.
With skipper Glen Chapple, Kabir Ali and Kyle Hogg either injured or not selected, Tom Bailey (1-65) made his first limited-overs appearance for Lancashire to share the new ball with Kyle Jarvis and won an lbw decision against Mark Pettini in his opening over, but was otherwise expensive.