Essex's Charl Willoughby leaves Kent batsmen reeling

County Championship Division Two, Chelmsford, day one (close):
Kent 17-5 v Essex
Essex 1pt, Kent 0pts
Match scorecard

Essex paceman Charl Willoughby left Kent's top order in disarray in the 45 minutes of play possible on a damp and gloomy opening day at Chelmsford.

The left-armer took 4-8 as the visitors slumped to 17-5 after being put in to bat when play got under way at 2.45pm.

David Masters made the initial breakthrough by having Scott Newman caught behind with his second ball.

No Kent batsman managed double figures as Willoughby wreaked havoc before bad light halted the brief passage of play.