|County Championship Division Two, Canterbury|
|Close, day one: Kent 226 v Essex 14-0|
|Essex 3 pts, Kent 1 pt|
David Masters, Maurice Chambers and Graham Napier claimed three wickets apiece as Essex took control on day one at Canterbury.
Mike Powell hit a half-century and Azhar Mahmood made 49 before the hosts were dismissed for 226.
Kent opener Sam Northeast was the only other batsman in the hosts' line-up to score more than 20 runs before being dismissed for 32.
With nine overs available before close, the visitors ended on 14-0 in reply.