County Championship: Essex build imposing first innings lead over Kent

Ravi Bopara
Ravi Bopara fell six runs short of a maiden County Championship century of the season
Specsavers County Championship Division Two, Essex County Ground
Essex v Kent, day two
Kent 207: Blake 89*; Porter 3-51
Essex 480-6: Bopara 94, Westley 88; Rabada 2-97
Essex lead Kent by 273 runs
Essex 8 pts, Kent 2 pts
Match scorecard

Essex built a commanding lead after overhauling fellow Division Two promotion chasers Kent's under-par first-innings total of 207.

Ravi Bopara (94), Tom Westley (88), Dan Lawrence (82) and Ryan ten Doeschate (77 not out) helped the hosts from 107-2 to 480-6 at the close, a lead of 273.

Bopara fell six runs short of a first century of the season in all formats.

South Africa fast bowler Kagiso Rabada was unable to add to his two wickets from the opening day as Kent toiled.