|LV CC Division Two, The Spitfire Ground St Lawrence|
|Close, day two: Essex 276, Kent 107 & 8-0|
|Essex 5 pts, Kent 3 pts|
Sixteen wickets fell on a day dominated by the bowlers as promotion-chasing Essex took control against Kent.
Essex resumed on 186-4 but Owais Shah (84) added only one to his overnight score, as Mark Davies (4-37) helped to reduce the visitors to 276 all out.
David Masters (6-41) was key as Kent were skittled for 107 in 49 overs, with Ben Harmison (30 not out) top scoring.
Following on, the hosts closed on 8-0 second time around still needing 161 to avoid an innings defeat.
VIEW FROM THE COMMENTARY BOX
BBC Radio Kent's Peter Guise:
"The day didn't go to plan for Kent, although they managed to capture the Essex wickets they needed just after lunch.
"They then applied themselves less than they would have liked with the bat, although Ben Harmison underlined his resurgence to stand tall with 30 not out.
"Others will need to replicate his stoic approach if Kent are to prevent Essex from continuing their march towards promotion."