FRIENDS PROVIDENT TROPHY, GROUP D, Chelmsford Derbyshire 195-7 beat Essex 192 by three wickets (Derbys 2pts, Essex 0pts)
Stuart Law, who left Essex in 2001, enjoyed himself back on former soil
Stuart Law hit an unbeaten 62 to earn a three-wicket win as Derbyshire found a FP Trophy lifeline by beating Essex.
After four wins in their first six matches holders Essex appeared to be on the verge of the quarter-finals.
But now, if Derbyshire beat Glamorgan at Sophia Gardens, they may need to get at least a point at Old Trafford on Wednesday to make further progress.
James Foster hit 71 as Essex ran up 192 but, despite Danish Kaneria taking 5-32, Derbyshire got home on 195-7.
But it was former Essex favourite Law, revelling in his return to his former stomping ground, who used all his wealth of experience to underpin the visitors' victory quest.
In a match reduced to 49 overs per side after a rain-delayed start, the home side never struck the required tempo once they had slumped to 16-3.
James Foster and Varun Chopra (42) put on a stand of 70 for the fourth wicket to add some substance to the score - and give them something to defend.
Kaneria then further raised home hopes with three wickets in 11 deliveries. And Essex looked well in the game until 40-year-old veteran Law was joined by young Dan Redfern on 79-5.
But their 106-run sixth-wicket partnership wrested the initiative back from the home side.
WEDNESDAY'S GROUP D FIXTURES
Lancashire v Essex (Old Trafford, 1045 BST)
Glamorgan v Derbyshire (Cardiff, 1045 BST)
FP Trophy quarter-final qualifiers so far . . . Lancashire, Somerset, Gloucestershire, Sussex
Law reached a 64-ball half-century, which included five boundaries including a number of trademark drives. And 19-year-old Redfern also showed great maturity in hitting 57 off 60 balls.
He went with eight still needed, bowled by Kaneria playing across the line.
That became a slightly nervy situation for the visitors when the wily Pakistani leg spinner bagged his fifth wicket by trapping Graham Wagg.
But Tim Groenewald came in to smite an important boundary as Derbyshire got home with three wickets and 16 balls to spare.
The result ensures that Lancashire win Group D and are guaranteed a home tie on Saturday.
Essex currently have a better run-rate than Derbyshire and are two points ahead of their challengers going into each team's last round of matches.