Essex v Kent: Ravi Bopara stars as bottom club lose again

Ravi Bopara
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Essex 180-8 beat Kent 118 by 62 runs
Match scorecard

Kent suffered a fifth straight FLt20 defeat as they slumped to a heavy 62-run defeat by Essex at Chelmsford.

Ravi Bopara and Owais Shah both made 39, backed by ex-skipper Mark Pettini (33), Kiwi star Hamish Rutherford (27) and Ryan ten Doeschate (27) as Essex posted a challenging total of 180-8.

Kent made a decent start in reply, reaching 51-0 before a three-wicket burst from Bopara.

Their 10 wickets fell for just 67 runs as they collapsed to 118 all out.

England international all-rounder Bopara finished with 3-12, while Reece Topley took 4-26 as Essex claimed their second win in four matches to stay right in contention in the South Group, just three points behind Surrey with a game in hand.

Essex are back in Twenty20 action, again at Chelmsford, on Friday night when they host second-placed Middlesex, who are just a point ahead.

Kent return to County Championship action for the first time in almost a month on Wednesday when they launch this year's Cheltenham Festival against Gloucestershire.

Match scorecard

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