Essex v Kent – The Bob Willis Trophy – Day One – Cloudfm County Ground, Chelmsford
Kent 344/6 (90.0 overs)
Kent won the toss and elected to bat
Kent batsman Heino Kuhn provided Essex with a huge conundrum on day one of their Bob Willis Trophy encounter at Chelmsford.
The South African finished the day unbeaten on 140 as the visitors recovered following a difficult start.
Essex appeared in control with Sam Cook and Jamie Porter taking early wickets, reducing Kent to 23/3. Cook trapping Daniel Bell-Drummond lbw after the Kent skipper left a straight delivery off the penultimate delivery of the fourth over.
Wicketkeeper/batsman, Ollie Robinson – ably assisted by Kuhn – steadied the ship. The former reached 50 off 68 balls as Kent passed three figures. Kuhn followed, passing that particular milestone off 89 deliveries. The pair put on 150 for the fourth wicket – Robinson parting the scene, caught by Wheater off a honey from Porter, for 78.
Kuhn continued to frustrate the Essex attack, unusually achieving his century – stealing two from a frustrating misfield by Wheater off Porter’s throw. His 339 minutes in the middle had steered Kent to calmer seas and included seventeen 4’s.
It was tough going for the Essex bowlers. Porter finished the day with 3/85 while Cook had 2./59. Play resumes on Sunday 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