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Kent 387 and 112 (49.1 overs)
Essex 298 and 0-0 (1.0 overs)
Kent won the toss and elected to bat
Essex require 202 runs to win with ten wickets remaining
Experienced campaigner, Ryan ten Doeschate, dug in with the bat, while Simon Harmer and Sam Cook led the way with the ball to hand Essex a vital foothold on day three of their Bob Willis Trophy match with Kent at Chelmsford.
Ten Doeschate scored 78 during a 224-minute stint in the middle, helping the home side claw into Kent’s first innings total of 387 (Heino Kuhn 140).
Nick Brown (61) and Varun Chopra (41) had played their part in the recovery. However, a flurry of wickets saw Essex lose their last four batsmen for just eighteen runs, leaving them 89 runs in arrears – Matthew Milnes leading the way with 4/46 and Marcus O’Riordan, 3/71.
Incredibly, the Essex attack made short work of the visitors’ second stint at the crease. Harmer led the way with 4/35, while Cook took his match figures to 5/89 as Kent were skittled for just 112.
Jordan Cox top-scored with just 29, but the visitors’ initial grip on the contest had been drastically loosened. Nightwatchman Porter and Nick Browne negotiated the final over of the day. Essex head into the final day needing 202 to record a remarkable victory. Play resumes on Tuesday 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
Officials: Neil Bainton and Benjamin Debenham