Kent v Essex: Maurice Chambers haul helps visitors to victory

County Championship Division Two, Canterbury

Essex 273 & 55-3 beat Kent 226 & 101 by seven wickets

Essex 21pts, Kent 4pts

Match scorecard

Maurice Chambers (4-31) passed 100 first-class wickets as Essex beat Kent by seven wickets inside three days.

The hosts resumed in trouble on 9-3 in their second innings and soon slumped to 65-8, leading by only 18 runs, with Darren Stevens making 22.

Graham Napier (3-26) and Harbhajan Singh (3-35) also impressed with the ball, while tailender Matt Coles (17) pushed Kent's total to 101 all out.

Essex secured only their second victory of the season reaching 55-3.

Mark Pettini was unbeaten on 19, while Ryan ten Doeschate hit the winning run to end eight not out.

Despite taking only four points from the match, promoting-chasing Kent are a point behind second-placed Hampshire, with Essex a further 13 points behind in fifth.