Kent close on win despite David Masters' bowling effort

LV County Championship Division Two, Canterbury
Close, day two: Essex 144 & 180-9 , Kent 260
Kent 5pts, Essex 3pt
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LV County Championship

Kent bowled themselves towards victory against Essex, restricting the visitors to 180-9 - a lead of just 64.

However, ECB pitch liaison officer John Jameson is writing a report on whether Kent prepared a sub-standard pitch, after 29 wickets fell in two days.

Geraint Jones (54) helped Kent from 160-5 overnight to 260 all out, as David Masters collected 6-78.

David Balcombe, Matt Coles and James Treadwell all took three wickets but James Foster resisted with 44 not out.

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BBC Radio Kent's Ben Croucher:

"This was a wonderful all-round display from Kent today that centred around Geraint Jones and the tireless efforts of their bowlers.

"On a track that has seen 29 dismissals in two days, Jones and James Tredwell's 90 partnership defied the odds but Essex's lack of ability to find the same movement proved pivotal and the visitors' failure to bring Tom Craddock into the attack sooner was mystifying.

"David Balcombe once more found the Nackington Road end to his liking as he and Coles used the lateral movement to good effect. Kent's ability to create pressure in partnerships in this game has been impressive.

"Essex can feel rightly aggrieved at a couple of umpiring decisions, particularly Ryan ten Doeschate, who was given caught behind without hitting the ball. The divot he took from the outfield as he trudged off emphasised his anguish."

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