Jesse Ryder picked up 5 for 43

Essex v Kent, Chelmsford, 1st day

All-round Stevens carries Kent

Essex and Kent found themselves locked in an intriguing duel as they battled for supremacy on the opening day of their Division Two clash at Chelmsford

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The lights shine at Canterbury

County news

Kent £658,000 profit brings hopes of recovery

Kent have encouraged hopes that they can rediscover their one-timw reputation as one of the forces of the county game by announcing profits of £658,000 for 2014

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Matt Coles bustles in for Hampshire

County news

Coles agrees second stint at Kent

Matt Coles, released by Hampshire last week, has agreed terms to return to Kent, the home county where his career began

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Darren Stevens steered his side to the small target

County news

Stevens talks of 'brutal' corruption tangle

Darren Stevens has spoken openly for the first time about the circumstances that caused him to become embroiled in the Bangladesh anti-corruption enquiry which saw Mohammad Ashraful banned for eight years

Sam Billings played a brutal innings that defied conditions

England news

Billings replaces Kieswetter in England 30

Sam Bilings, Kent's up-and-coming wicketkeeper batsman, has been approved by the ICC as a replacement Craig Kieswetter in the England 30-man provisional squad for the World Cup

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Yorkshire spray the champagne after winning the County Championship

County news

Yorkshire begin defence at New Road

Yorkshire will begin the defence of their County Championship title at New Road in 2015 as Worcestershire face the toughest of starts to life back in Division One.