Essex batsmen dominate against Kent
PUBLISHED: 19:01 04 July 2016 | UPDATED: 19:01 04 July 2016
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Division Two leaders under pressure at Chelmsford
Essex batted themselves into a position of great strength after dominating day two of their county championship clash with Kent at Chelmsford.
Half-centuries from Ravi Bopara, Tom Westley, Dan Lawrence and captain Ryan ten Doeschate helped the home side close on 480-6, a lead of 273 against the Division Two leaders.
And they will be looking to pile on the pressure on Tuesday, before unleashing their bowlers once again.
Essex resumed on 107-2, having lost Alastair Cook to the penultimate ball of day one, and Bopara helped Westley put a half-century stand in 17 overs. Westley reached his own fifty off 75 balls with eight fours and the 200 came up soon after as the pair continued to frustrate the Kent attack.
Westley hit Adam Ball for a superb straight driven four shortly before the century partnership came up and took Essex past Kent’s first innings total of 207.
And Bopara reached his half-century from 102 deliveries with six fours as Essex moved serenely to 231-2 at lunch, with the home side keeping the pressure on after the restart.
Westley fell 12 runs short of his hundred, after chasing a wide delivery from Mitchell Claydon and edging to wicketkeeper Callum Jackson with the score on 276.
And Bopara followed him back to the pavilion when just six runs away from three figures, driving Darren Stevens to Sean Dickson at short extra cover to leave Essex 298-4.
Jaik Mickleburgh and Dan Lawrence secured a third batting point for Essex soon after and both had moved into the 20s as they took the home side to 340-4 at tea.
And although Mickleburgh fell soon after the restart, caught by Tredwell at slip off the bowling of Ball, the home side saw Lawrence and ten Doeschate share a century stand in quick time.
Teenager Lawrence reached his half-century from 78 balls, with seven fours, and the 50-run partnership came up in just eight overs as Essex secured maximum bonus points.
Lawrence hoisted Tredwell for six into the River Stand, before his skipper reached his half-century from 54 balls, with nine fours, to make it 450-5.
And although Lawrence fell for 82 soon after, caught at long-on to end a 101-run stand in 18 overs, ten Deoschate had moved to 77 not out alongside James Foster in the closing overs to assert Essex’s clear authority on their rivals.
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