Cox double-ton gives Kent plenty to think about

Kent v Essex – Vitality County Championship Division One – The Spitfire Ground – Day Two- Report

Essex 591 for seven (dec)

Kent 118 for four (47.0 overs)

Essex won the toss and elected to bat

Kent trail Essex by 473 runs with six first-innings wickets standing

Jordan Cox returned to haunt his former employers by scoring a double-century as Essex took day two of their Vitality County Championship Division One clash with Kent at Canterbury by storm.

The talented all-rounder scored 207 off 255 balls during a 325-minute stint at the crease. His masterful inning included twenty-one 4s and five 6s.

Michael Pepper contributed 82, complimenting earlier knocks from Nick Browne (65) and Dean Elgar (77). Essex’s declaration came on 591 for seven, but not before Shane Snater had got in on the act with a career-best 83* – Arafat Bhuiyan, Joey Evison and Matt Parkinson with two wickets apiece for the beleaguered Kent attack.

The hosts had reached 118 for four by the close. Ben Compton hit 41 before becoming the second of Matt Critchley’s victims.

Speaking to Fred Atkins from the ECB Reporters Network, Cox said: “I got my first double-century here and now I’ve got my second one which is quite nice. Unfortunately, I wasn’t with Jack (Leaning) this time, but no, to get the team in a good position with 590 something and get four wickets is a great effort from the boys.

“Hopefully the rain comes tomorrow and makes it a bit juicy under the old covers and hopefully we roll them over quickly and do it again. It’s nice to score runs, it always is, but you need to make sure that nothing’s taken for granted and you push on.

“I was a bit nervous for this game. I haven’t been nervous this season really, I just said to myself enjoy it but coming back here, coming through the gates felt really weird, so when I walked out there for my first 15 balls I was nervous for sure.

“I did get booed when I first came out so for them to turn and then clap a hundred and then a double is always nice but, you know it’s never nice leaving your home club but sometimes you have to do it and move on. I’ve done that and taken the chance at Essex pretty well so far.”

Play resumes on Sunday at 11am.

Kent: BG Compton, Z Crawley, DJ Bell-Drummond (Capt), MK O’Riordan, JL Denly, HZ Finch (WK), JDM Evison, G Stewart, WA Agar, MW Parkinson, Arafat Bhuiyan

Essex: NLJ Browne, D Elgar, T Westley (Capt), JM Cox, MJJ Critchley, MS Pepper (WK), SR Harmer, S Snater, AP Beard, SJ Cook, JA Porter

Umpires: M Newell and T Lungley

Scorers: LAR Hart and P Parkinson

Match Referee: JJ Swift

Elsewhere in Division One, champions Surrey are up against it after hosts Hampshire racked up 495 for four in response to their 127. 

Toby Albert and Nick Gubbins scored centuries for the home side who lead by 368 runs with six first-wickets standing.

In Division Two, John Simpson and Cheteshwar Pujara scored centuries at Lord’s as Sussex posted 554 for nine (dec) against Middlesex.

Responding, the home side had reached 64 for one by the close – Sam Robson (40*) and Max Holden (18*).

Sussex’s total was an in-house record against Middlesex, beating their previous highest against the Seaxes of 550 for nine at Hove 44 years ago.


Brian Jeeves