County Championship: Essex build imposing first innings lead over Kent
|Specsavers County Championship Division Two, Essex County Ground|
|Essex v Kent, day two|
|Kent 207: Blake 89*; Porter 3-51|
|Essex 480-6: Bopara 94, Westley 88; Rabada 2-97|
|Essex lead Kent by 273 runs|
|Essex 8 pts, Kent 2 pts|
Essex built a commanding lead after overhauling fellow Division Two promotion chasers Kent's under-par first-innings total of 207.
Ravi Bopara (94), Tom Westley (88), Dan Lawrence (82) and Ryan ten Doeschate (77 not out) helped the hosts from 107-2 to 480-6 at the close, a lead of 273.
Bopara fell six runs short of a first century of the season in all formats.
South Africa fast bowler Kagiso Rabada was unable to add to his two wickets from the opening day as Kent toiled.