Essex hold the upper hand in the Battle of the Bridge

Essex v Kent – LV= Insurance County Championship Division One – Cloud County Ground, Chelmsford – Day One – Report

Kent 207 (59.0 overs)

Essex 106/0 (37.0 overs)

Kent won the toss and elected to bat

Essex trail Kent by 101 runs with ten first innings wickets standing

Sam Cook and Jamie Porter took two wickets apiece while Alastair Cook scored a half-century as Essex seized control on day one of their LV= Insurance County Championship Division One encounter with Kent at Chelmsford.

Jamie Porter (Courtesy of Essex Cricket)

Determined to keep the pressure on leaders Surrey, Essex restricted Kent to 207. Cook returned figures of three for 19, while Porter claimed 3/47 as teh visitors were knocked over in fifty-nine overs. Opening bat Ben Compton top-scored for Kent with 47 off 81 balls.

Responding, Essex reached the close on 106 without losing a wicket. Former England skipper Cook was on 64 off 105, accompanied by Nick Browne, unbeaten on 31.

Alastair Cook (Courtesy of Essex Cricket)

Speaking to Martin Smith from the ECB Reporters Network, Essex’s right-arm medium-fast bowler, Sam Cook said: “It’s been a pretty good day for Essex. I think that on the whole, if you had offered us that at the start of play, we would have bitten your hand off. To bowl them out for 200 on that wicket was a pretty decent effort from a bowling point of view but then to be 100 for none at the close, well it doesn’t get much better than that. So overall, yes a very good day for Essex.

Sam Cook (Courtesy of Essex Cricket)

 “I think if we had won the toss, we probably would have batted. But we chatted this morning and said if we were bowling, there were overhead conditions around to probably help the seamers. So, we were quite happy to bowl.”

Cook added: “We like to try and break things down session by session and not look too far ahead, but given the platform that we’ve got, we are in a good position to build on that. We’ve got Dan [Lawrence] coming back tomorrow so that will enable us to accelerate the game if we need to.”

Play resumes on Thursday at 11am.

Essex: NLJ Browne, AN Cook, T Westley (Capt), RJ Das, MJJ Critchley, PI Walter, AM Rossington (WK), SR Harmer, DAJ Bracewell, SJ Cook, JA Porter

Kent: TS Muyeye, BG Compton, JL Denly, HZ Finch, JA Leaning (Capt), JM Cox (WK), JDM Evison, G Stewart, Hamidullah Qadri, MR Quinn, Arshdeep Singh

Umpires: RJ Bailey and GD Lloyd

Scorers: AE Choat and LAR Hart

Match Referee: SJ Davis

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Brian Jeeves

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