Essex pipped by Kent

PUBLISHED: 09:30 26 March 2016

Ryan ten Doeschate top scored for Essex against Kent (pic: Mick Kearns/TGSPHOTO)

Ryan ten Doeschate top scored for Essex against Kent (pic: Mick Kearns/TGSPHOTO)

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County side come up short in T20 friendly

Half-centuries from Ryan ten Doeschate and Ashar Zaidi could not prevent Essex falling to a slender loss in their T20 friendly with Kent yesterday.

The hosts chose to bat after winning the toss and saw Daniel Bell-Drummond (53) and Sean Dickson (52) share 103 in 10.4 overs.

Zaidi struck twice in quick succession to remove both openers, but Darren Stevens smashed seven sixes to reach 64 off just 28 balls as Kent made 202-3.

Captain Ravi Bopara began the Essex reply with former Trinity High School pupil Dan Lawrence, who fell without scoring.

Jaik Mickleburgh followed cheaply, before Bopara (27 off 26) and ten Doeschate put on 45.

Ten Doeschate and Zaidi then added 80, with the newcomer hitting 54 off 22 balls.

After ten Doeschate fell for 78, Essex saw James Foster chip in with 18 and Matt Dixon and Graham Napier left needing to score 17 from the final over, which proved just too many as they closed on 198-8.

The two-day match between the counties had ended in a draw, with Kent having reached 184-6 in reply to Essex’s 249.

England captain Alastair Cook top scored for the visitors with a dogged 88, before he was run out at the non-striker’s end when Dan Lawrence saw a drive deflected onto the stumps by bowler Matt Coles.

Former Trinity High School pupil Lawrence scored 32 and put on 58 with Cook, before he was trapped leg before, and Ravi Bopara also shared a half-century stand with the England skipper.

Kent reached 9-0 at the close of play and had advanced to 122-4 by lunch on day two.

Australian Matt Dixon made the breakthrough with the ball, before former Fives & Heronians star Jamie Porter (2-49) nabbed two wickets in three balls as Cook and James Foster took catches.

Graham Napier got in on the act, but Essex had trouble dislodging Darren Stevens, who hit a six and nine fours to reach 49 from 59 balls.

Stevens moved on to 67 before succumbing to Dixon (2-57) and Napier (2-29) nabbed his second scalp before rain forced an early end to play shortly after 3pm.

Essex travel to Fenners to take on Cambridge University in their next warm-up match next week.

*Essex’s Tom Westley and Nick Browne helped the MCC to a four-wicket win over Yorkshire in Dubai.

The county champions were dismissed for 275, with MCC making 299 in their first innings.

Browne fell for just two runs, while Westley hit three boundaries in a cameo 22 as former Essex staffer Ben Foakes got to within nine runs of a century.

Yorkshire made 279 in their second innings and after Browne was dismissed for 13, Westley put on 84 for the third wicket with Ian Bell.

Westley hit a six and 10 fours in his 58, from 67 balls, and Bell went on to make 66, before Foakes (32 not out) saw MCC to their target.

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