Paul Walter seals Battle of the Bridge as Kent fall to Essex

Essex 188 for six (Walter 47*) beat Kent 184 for 4 (Billings 48*, Crawley 40) by 4 wickets

Essex Eagles beat Kent Spitfires by 4 wickets in a tense Vitality Blast derby at Canterbury.

Paul Walter top-scored with an unbeaten 47 because the guests closed on 188 for six in reply to Kent’s 184 for 4, hitting the profitable runs with two balls remaining.

Will Buttleman was the Eagles’ subsequent highest scorer with 37, whereas Fred Klaassen took two for 35 and was the one bowler to take multiple wicket within the match.

Sam Billings was Kent’s high scorer with 48 not out, whereas Zak Crawley made 40. Matt Critchley had Essex’s greatest bowling figures with one for 16.

Kent gained the toss in what was billed as “The Battle of The Bridge” and selected to bat, making one change from the facet which misplaced to Somerset on Wednesday night time, Matt Quinn coming rather than Grant Stewart.

Zak Crawley was on simply two when he was dropped by Critchley initially of the second over and Kent raced to 60 with out loss on the finish of the powerplay.

Daniel Bell-Drummond produced a succession of chic cuts however he was bowled by Aron Nijjar for 31 and when Crawley was then lbw to Simon Harmer for 40 the scoring fee slowed.

Joe Denly was the third high order batter to get out after making a begin, when he swiped Daniel Sams for six however he hit the following supply virtually vertically and was caught and bowled for 35.

Jack Leaning made simply two when he hit Harmer to Critchley, however the seventeenth over, bowled by Harman, went for 19 and a few violent hitting by George Linde noticed him end on 23 not out from 11 balls.

It regarded a aggressive complete, however Essex took 17 from Denly’s opening over and Adam Rossington blasted 29 from 16 balls, till Klaassen made a multitude of his stumps.

The guests have been 66 for one on the finish of the powerplay, however misplaced Michael Pepper for six when he spooned Linde to Klaassen at level.

Buttleman then pulled Qais Ahmad to Crawley and Matt Milnes ripped out Critchley’s center stump after a quickfire 18.

Sams was reprieved after an excruciating drop by Quinn when he was on one, however he added simply two extra to his rating when he floated Klaassen to Leaning and the run fee climbed above ten for the primary time.

With the noose tightening, Essex took 17 from the sixteenth over and 13 from the seventeenth, tilting the equation again of their favour.

Tom Westley was brilliantly run out for 15 by Billings initially of the 18th, the skipper throwing down the stumps as he chased a single, however Harmer then struck successive fours off Quinn to go away the Eagles needing six from the ultimate over.

Harmer, who completed on 21 not out from 11 balls, took 5 from the primary three balls, leaving Walter to smear Milnes for 4 to clinch the win.

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