Essex 4 for 327 (Critchley 80*, Cook 78, Westley 54) vs. canto
You can imagine the conversation between a Canterbury audience of a certain age. “The funny thing is I never remember where I put my car keys, but I do remember the last time I saw Kent play championship cricket like it was yesterday.” It was really that long ago—July 14, to be precise, a distant time to be alive when there were still six candidates for Conservative leader and Penny Mordant was widely given a bit of a ruckus.
No one is going to claim that Kent and Essex are on the rise, at least as far as the championship is concerned. Essex can be as mid-table as mid-table and their challenge during September is to keep it respectable. Kent started fourth-bottom, 15 points above the bottom two, in what we habitually consider to be a relegation position, even though it would take a forecaster with the brilliance of Elizabeth Barton to infer that it was in fact a relegation position. What is the status.
Barton worked on the estates of the Archbishop of Canterbury and after falling ill his predictions of impending doom both exposed the public and angered the authorities. That reputation suggests that she would have been a very good choice to announce the exact future of county cricket, except that she was hanged at Tyburn in 1534, which, to be fair, is a strategy the ECB has yet to adopt. To drop.
Canterbury have a reputation for being one of county cricket’s more lethargic crowds, but they were surprisingly responsive on day one, as 55 days without championship cricket left them eager to show their admiration. It was a slog for Kent, who conceded 327 for 4 on a batsman-friendly pitch and a humid day, and would not mind too much if the progress of the game due to bad weather brought a succession of draws across the country.
Kent have also reached the Royal London Cup final in the interim and it is good that they have announced that the Trent Bridge final will be contested by the team that has achieved it – no less than captain Sam Billings, among them – who are the hundred. absent from.
The long stretch without championship cricket at least gives Alistair Cooke time to think about the family farm in Bedfordshire – the art of sheep-dipping has been a thing in his mind as much as a presence test match special, Cook doesn’t play any other format than four-day cricket these days, but he got back to the old routine, scoring 78 off 157 balls before reaching wide from Grant Stewart and reaching first slip. He should address that itch, although leaping after sheep may take him too far. Stewart, Kent’s most economical bowler, nearly caught him at second slip for 44 when the ball reached Jordan Cox at half-volley and deserved his wicket.
Cook failed to reach 1000 first-class runs in the last proper championship season in 2019, but he now has 813 runs at 47.82, which places him ninth in the Division One run-makers and he still has points for normal service. There is a maximum of seven innings. started again. If his appetite persists, he has years.
Cook was a calming influence for those who – even before considering Cricket – have felt too old to encounter the hundreds of green and pink color palettes and the decidedly modern font (“Hundred Display”), both We were organized to take it all on “a high-octane trip” (quite true) and be “warm and family-friendly” (a case of designers telling the suite what they want to hear). When Cook swung softly off Matt Quinn’s side on the sixth ball of the morning, and it went almost apologetically to boundary, it was less high-octane than an overly responsible exercise in conserving energy.
The morning belonged to Cook and his opening partner Nick Brown, but Quinn caught a swift return catch to remove Brown. Tom Westley looked to be in good trim, but he was certainly disappointed with the way he was dismissed for 54. After moving Harry Podmore into deep third, he jogged the first two runs at a quiet pace, only to develop an inexplicable thirst for one third on Joe Denly’s arm and Billings collected an accurate throw and all three. Demolished the stump with a cry of victory.
Dan Lawrence also had a yorker by Daniel Bell-Drummond’s floaty outswinger, and being badly listed for the leg in the process, 4 for Kent on 221 for Kent to turn the day in his favor, but second The new ball brought no alarm and instead Matt Critchley, who was dropped for 6 at short leg by Ben Compton just before tea, played with increasing enthusiasm, making a particularly light work of Jack Leaning. With Firoz Khushi, they re-established Essex’s authority in an unbroken stand of 106 in the final season.
David Hopes writes for ESPNcricinfo on county cricket @davidkhopps