T20 Blast: Essex beat Kent after Ravi Bopara hits rapid 81

Essex and England's Ravi Bopara
NatWest T20 Blast, The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence
Essex 193-4 (19 overs) beat Kent 189-5 (20 overs) by six wickets
Match scorecard

Ravi Bopara hit a brilliant 81 not out to guide Essex to a six-wicket win over Kent at Canterbury.

The England all-rounder hit eight fours and three sixes in his 44-ball knock, which helped his side overhaul Kent's 189 with an over to spare.

That total was based upon an opening stand of 119 between captain Rob Key and Daniel Bell-Drummond.

But Bopara and skipper Ryan ten Doeschate, with 47 off 29 deliveries, took Essex to a fourth T20 Blast win.

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