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Kent 207 & 337-7 trail Essex 569 by 25 runs
James Tredwell frustrated Essex’s victory hopes with the fourth century of his career on a morning of Kent records at Chelmsford.
Needing 362 to make Essex bat again, Tredwell helped Kent captain Sam Northeast rewrite the Kent record eighth-wicket stand as they carried on where they finished yesterday evening.
Tredwell cut Ravi Bopara for his 19th four to backward point to bring up his hundred off 199 balls. With that one blow, he also broke the Kent record eight-wicket stand of 178 that had stood to Geraint Jones and Yasir Arafat since 2007 when they played Warwickshire at Canterbury.
The pair came together just before tea on the third day when the seventh wicket went down for 128, still 234 runs short of avoiding an innings defeat. By lunch they had added 209 together.
Essex had opened the bowling this morning with occasional spinner Tom Westley, who rapped James Tredwell on the pad first ball and appealed vociferously. Tredwell was well forward, though, and then punished Westley with two boundaries in the over, one to backward point, the other to fine leg.
Ryan ten Doeschate and Westley shared the first three overs of the morning before the new ball was taken. Even that failed to discomfort the Kent batsmen, however, and soon after the pair surpassed the previous eighth-wicket stand for Kent against Essex – the 157 between Alan Hilder and Charlie Wright at Gravesend in 1924.
Tredwell took advantage of Essex’s attacking field and his sixth four of the morning was a slash outside off-stump against Matt Quinn; but he slashed hard and it flashed over the top of the slip cordon. Next over, Tredwell got an inside edge to Quinn that just missed off-stump and raced away for another four to fine leg.
Northeast, who had reached three figures yesterday evening, was the junior partner and was fortunate not to get a touch to fast, lifting ball from Quinn.
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Jon Culley at Nottinghamshire v Lancashire 243-5
This match has swung in Nottinghamshire's favour with four wickets since the new ball was taken at the start of the afternoon session. Stuart Broad struck twice in the space of four deliveries in the sixth over with it, teasing Luke Procter by bowling several balls outside off stump before bringing one back to trap him leg before, then hitting middle and off as Alviro Petersen was bowled by a straight one. Now Brett Hutton has come on at the Radcliffe Road end and taken two wickets also, the first the one Notts wanted most, drawing Haseeb Hameed to edge one to wicketkeeper Riki Wessels, ending his six and a half hour occupation of the crease for 122. Hutton also removed the dangerous Liam Livingstone, who lobbed a catch to mid-on, at which point Lancashire led by just 35 runs at 233-5.