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    At Canterbury, Simon Harmer leads Essex's victory effort against Kent
At Canterbury, Simon Harmer leads Essex's victory effort against Kent
Simon Harmer. Source: independent.co.uk

At Canterbury, Simon Harmer leads Essex's victory effort against Kent

Essex's superb bowling performance helped them to an overwhelming victory against Kent. After thrashing Kent at Canterbury, Essex moved just two points behind Surrey at the top of Vitality County Championship Division One.

In their second innings, Simon Harmer and Shane Snater spearheaded Essex's victory drive, dismissing Kent for just 101.

Essex won by an innings and 96 runs, with Harmer taking four wickets for 32 and Snater finishing with three wickets for 15.

Entering the last day, Kent trailed 197 runs, and they lost England opener Zak Crawley at the first hurdle after Snater trapped him leg before wicket.

After Ben Compton and Marcus O'Riordan were removed by Harmer, who started to cause havoc, Kent started to lose wickets steadily.

Rain ruined any hopes of a thrilling finish to the last day's play between Lancashire and Warwickshire at Emirates Old Trafford, allowing for only 75 minutes of play.

Lancashire finished with 89 for four from the 15 available overs, while Warwickshire declared their second innings at 96 for three, leading by 231 runs.

The rain also destroyed Nottinghamshire's hopes of forcing Worcestershire to a last-day tie at New Road, where they were forced to settle for a draw.

Nottinghamshire was leading by 154 runs and in a strong position at 234 for three after two of the first three days were washed out. However, heavy overnight rain and a constant barrage of early showers destroyed any possibility of play, with the visitors getting 11 points and Worcestershire taking nine.

The Division Two match between Middlesex and Sussex, the teams vying for promotion, ended in a tie at Lord's.

After the home team averted the follow-on early in the fourth day, a stalemate appeared certain. They went on to declare 613 for nine in response to Sussex's score of 554 for nine.

The rain had caused too much delay, though, and when Derbyshire declared their second innings at 166 for four, the players shook hands.

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