|Specsavers County Championship Division Two, Essex County Ground, day three:|
|Kent 207 & 252-7: Northeast 116*, Tredwell 62*; Bopara 3-49|
|Essex 569: Bopara 94, Ten Doeschate 91, Westley 88; Rabada 4-118|
|Essex 8 pts, Kent 2 pts - Essex lead by 110 runs|
Sam Northeast continued his fine form with the bat to keep Kent afloat on day three against Essex in Chelmsford.
Resuming on 480-6, Ryan ten Doeschate (91) and James Foster (49) helped guide Essex to a total of 569.
Kent lost both openers with only 18 on the board and Ravi Bopara took 3-49 left them struggling to avoid a three-day defeat on 128-7.
But Northeast (116) and James Tredwell (62) put on 124 runs to help Kent to 252-7 at stumps, still 110 in arrears.
However, Essex remain firm favourites to clinch victory on the final day and regain top spot in Division Two.
Skipper Northeast hit 191 and an unbeaten 70 in their last Championship match, when Kent drew with Derbyshire.