Close of Play

  • Sat, 7 Jun - day 1 - Kent 1st innings 344/7 (ME Claydon 20*, AEN Riley 4*, 96 ov)
  • Sun, 8 Jun - day 2 - Essex 1st innings 253/1 (T Westley 114*, RS Bopara 112*, 78 ov)
  • Mon, 9 Jun - day 3 - Kent 2nd innings 35/0 (DJ Bell-Drummond 12*, RWT Key 17*, 15 ov)
  • Tue, 10 Jun - day 4 - Kent 2nd innings 255/8d (91 ov) - end of match

Match Notes

  • Bell-Drummond buckles down

    Kent earned the draw that had looked odds-on the night before but could so easily have eluded them once the visitors scented blood during a morning session of pressure cricket that was wonderful to watch

  • Bonus points dash costs Essex

    Essex's limited-overs style pursuit of 400 cost them any chance of establishing a daunting first-innings lead over Kent

  • Bopara, Westley answer coach's call

    Ravi Bopara and Tom Westley both recorded unbeaten centuries as Essex made a strong statement in reply to Kent's first-innings 387

  • Time is of the essence for Mills

    Time-keeping has been a bit of an issue for Essex of late. So when Tymal Mills trotted onto the field some 80 minutes after his colleagues, a few in the crowd may have wondered whether another disciplinary ruling could be expected.