Joseph makes short work of Essex
Kent needed just 43 minutes to wrap up a 57-run victory over Essex at Chelmsford in the sides’ opening LV= County Championship Division Two match of the season.
The home team had started the day on 198 for six in search of 285 for victory but, after moving the total on to 218, they lost the remaining four wickets for the addition of just nine runs in six overs. Robbie Joseph claimed three of them.
James Foster started the day positively for Essex, striking Darren Stevens to the cover boundary, and Tim Phillips sent the ball racing to the ropes with a flourishing off-drive to keep the hosts’ hopes of victory alive. That flurry of runs saw Stevens removed from the attack to be replaced by Simon Cook.
Despite conceding four leg-byes, Joseph struck later in the same over when he had Phillips caught for 12 by Stevens at third slip as the left-hander went on the drive.
David Masters fell without scoring three overs later when he attempted to pull a delivery from Cook but only succeeded in top-edging a skier to wicketkeeper Geraint Jones before Joseph took the last two wickets in successive overs, including that of Foster to end the home side’s fading hopes.
The Essex captain had made 21 when he played forward and edged a delivery that swung away into the gloves of Jones and 17-year-old Reece Topley prodded forward to another superb outswinger to be caught by James Tredwell at first slip to complete a ‘pair’ on championship debut.
Kent took 20 points to Essex’s four; Joseph finishing with figures of 4-25 and Stevens, who took nine wickets in the match, 3-76.