Essex all set following Kent examination

Essex v Kent – Two-day friendly match – Cloudfm County Ground, Chelmsford – Summary

Kent: 270/5 (85.0 overs)
Essex: 299/5 (84.0 overs)
Toss: Uncontested – Kent batting first
Result: Essex won

Essex concluded their pre-season activities ahead of next week’s LV Insurance County Championship opener with a thorough two-day test against Kent at the Cloudfm County Ground.

It had proved to be a tough examination for the Essex bowlers on the opening day. Kent skipper, Daniel Bell-Drummond retired out having scored 101 off 164 balls – a stylish knock that included eighteen 4s and one 6. Jack Leaning also impressing for the visitors similarly departing the fray – his 187 minutes in the middle gleaning a steady 57.

Jordan Cox and Zak Crawley had fallen cheaply before lunch – both returned – Cox 36* and Crawley 30* – as Kent made the most of their batting practice.

Essex used ten bowlers during the day. Ben Allison impressed, ending Cox’s off-stump cartwheeling – finishing the day with 1/15 from twelve overs, while Shane Snater followed up some sterling work last time out, trapping Cawley lbw for 2. Matt Quinn also got in on the act, equivalently capturing Ollie Robinson who had scored 13.

Shane Snater was amongst the wickets for Essex (Kieran Galvin ActionFotoSport)

Handed a day’s batting practice of their own, Essex impressed with Nick Browne leading the way. The left-hander falling three short of his century – hitting nineteen boundaries during his 240-minute stint in the middle.

Paul Walter also excelled, finishing unbeaten on 55, while skipper, Tom Westley’s 40 came off 77 balls and included eight 4s.

Essex passed their victory target with some to spare. Nevertheless, before the conclusion, Adam Wheater hit 37* – Harry Podmore with 2/46 teh pick of the Kent bowlers, while Matt Milnes, Fred Klassen and Marcus O’Riordan also amongst the wickets.

Essex begins their LV Insurance County Championship campaign on Thursday, April 8/11 when Worcestershire visit the Cloudfm County Ground (11am).

Essex: NLJ Browne, AN Cook, T Westley*, DW Lawrence, PI Walter, RN ten Doeschate, AJA Wheater†, MR Quinn, BMJ Allison, S Snater, AP Beard, SJ Cook, JA Porter, FIN Khushi, Andy Johnson

Kent: DJ Bell-Drummond*, JM Cox, Z Crawley, ML Cummins, JL Denly, TD Groenewald, JA Leaning, ME Milnes, MK O’Riordan, HW Podmore, OG Robinson†, DI Stevens, G Stewart, FJ Klassen

Umpires: RA Kettleborough and RA White
Scorers: AE Choat and P Parkinson
Match Referee: Peter Such

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