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Kent 207 & 25-2 trail Essex 569 by 337 runs
Kent lost two wickets in four balls before lunch at Chelmsford as they attempted to reduce a soul-destroying first-innings deficit of 362.
Sean Dickson was first to go, caught splendidly at first slip by a diving Alastair Cook off Graham Napier. Opening partner Fabian Cowdrey followed when he played Jamie Porter straight into Dan Lawrence’s hands at point.
Essex added 85 in the first hour and a quarter this morning for the loss of four wickets. After an enterprising partnership of 56 with James Foster, Ryan ten Doeschate became the fourth Essex batsman to fall within sight of a century when he was beaten for pace by Mitch Claydon and was caught behind for 91 off 122 balls.
Graham Napier provided a hard-hitting cameo, facing just eight balls in scoring 12 with two fours flashing square off Claydon and another cut off Kagiso Rabada.
But the South African, who went wicketless through yesterday’s toil in the field, took his third wicket of the innings in his first over of the morning. It was a brute of a ball that rose and took the shoulder of Napier’s bat to provide debutant wicketkeeper Callum Jackson with a third catch.
Rabada had Matt Quinn in all kinds of trouble in his next over, one edge falling short of James Tredwell at second slip, the next flying through the cordon for four. Next over Foster rejected several chances to take singles to prevent Quinn facing another battering. Rabada got his man, though, when Quinn was pinned on his back foot and went lbw.
Foster greeted Tredwell’s return with a straight six, but after turning down the opportunity of reaching his fifty with a single, holed out on 49 to Stevens on the long-off boundary.
Essex finished all out on 569, the county’s highest total without an individual century recorded, beating the 560 against Sussex at Leyton in 1933.
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George Dobell at Somerset (128 and 85-1) v Pakistan (359 and 236-4).
Nasty moment here as Tim Rouse took a crashing blow to the head while facing Amir. Surprised by a bouncer, Rouse seemed to take his eye off the ball and took it flush on the side of the helmet. The ball thudded out to mid-on and Rouse took a few minutes to regain his composure and change his helmet. He has carried on, though, and subsequently driven a four through the covers off Yasir Shah. Trescothick has reached 50 for the 181st time in his career.