Kent 387 (104.3 overs)
Essex 179/5 (24.0 overs)
Kent won the toss and elected to bat
Essex trail Kent by 208 runs with five wickets remaining
Essex found the going tough as Kent established the upper hand on day two of their Bob Willis Trophy encounter at Chelmsford.
Kent resumed their overnight total of 344/6 but were dealt a swift blow when Heino Kuhn was trapped lbw by Jamie Porter off the second delivery of the day, Essex having just taken the new ball.
Kuhn had batted majestically the previous day, reaching 140 – a knock which included seventeen boundaries. He had been ably complemented by Ollie Robinson, who followed up a century against Essex at Canterbury last week with a further 78 in an altogether more competitive outing.
Essex removed the tail for a further 43 runs, with Porter claiming 4/107 and Sam Cook taking 3/70 on what had been an otherwise tough examination of the hosts’ attack.
The Essex response received a blow when Alastair Cook was dismissed lbw off a delivery from Matthew Milnes. And although the home side steadied the ship, three quick wickets for 24 runs saw Kent build on their earlier initiative.
Nick Browne had displayed some resistance, hitting 61 before falling to Darren Steven. Varun Chopra’s 41 also appeared to have offered Essex a platform before he was sent packing by Marcus O’Riordan.
Stevens and O’Riordan took two each, while Ryan ten Doeschate (22) and Adam Wheater (24) were there at the close – Play resumes on Monday at 11am.
Essex: Nick Browne, Alastair Cook, Tom Westley (Capt), Varun Chopra, Feroze Khushi, Ryan ten Deschate, Adam Wheater (WK), Simon Harmer, Sam Cook, Jamie Porter, Matt Quinn
Kent: Daniel Bell-Drummond (Capt), Jordan Cox, Jack Leaning, Ollie Robinson (WK), Heino Kuhn, Darren Stevens, Grant Stewart, Marcus O’Riordan, Matt Milnes, Hamidullah Qadri, Matt Thomas