Essex trio glean valuable batting practice

Kent v Essex at Canterbury – Day Two

Kent 258 (77.1 overs)

Essex 314/8d (86.0 overs)

Essex won the toss and elected to bowl

Match drawn

Dan Lawrence, Ryan ten Doeschate and Alastair Cook made the most of some valuable time in the middle as Essex gleaned some valuable batting practise on day two of their warm-up match with Kent at Canterbury.

Lawrence struck a quickfire 63 off 74 balls before retiring not out. The Leytonstone-born right-hander hit ten 4’s and one 6s during his 115 minutes at the crease.

Ten Doeschate took similar action after scoring 58, while former England skipper Cook, who had earlier been dismissed, after facing only three deliveries – caught by Harry Podmore off his own delivery – returned to the crease, blowing away the cobwebs with an unbeaten 52 off 79 balls.

Kent used nine bowlers – Podmore claimed 2/41, while the pick of the attack was Matt Milnes – the right arm, medium-fast taking 2/7 from his ten overs.

Previously, Jamie Porter had taken four wickets on the first day, finishing with figures of 4/44 as the home side were dismissed for 258. Aaron Beard claimed 2/39, while Ollie Robinson impressed for Kent with the bat, reaching 103 off 144 balls – a knock which included 19 boundaries – before retiring not out.

The teams renew acquaintance on Saturday, August 1-4 when they go head-to-head in a four-day Bob Willis Trophy fixture at Chelmsford (11am). 

Kent: Daniel Bell-Drummond (Capt), Jordan Cox, Tim Groenewald, Heino Kuhn, Jack Leaning, Matt Milnes, Marcus O’Riordan, Harry Podmore, Hamidullah Qadri, Ollie Robinson (WK), Darren Stevens, Grant Stewart, Ivan Thomas

Essex: Tom Westley (Capt), Ben Allison, Aaron Beard, Nick Browne, Varun Chopra, Alastair Cook, Sam Cook, Feroze Khushi, Dan Lawrence, Arin Nijjar, Jamie Porter, Matt Quinn, Shane Snater, Ryan Ten Doeschate, Adam Wheater (WK)

Both sides are permitted to use their full squads during the match

Umpires: NJ Llong & JC Tredwell

Scorers: LAR Hart & P Parkinson

Match Referee: Peter Such


Brian Jeeves

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