Geraint shines in draw
GERAINT JONES scored his first championship hundred of the season in the draw against Essex at Chelmsford before being laid low by a 24-hour sickness bug.
The LV= County Championship Division 1 game produced nearly 1,200 runs with the home side set 338 to win from 78 overs.
They took the challenge on at the start, before finishing on 254-4, with Joe Denly, given the longest bowl of his career so far, returning 2-100 in 27 overs.
Kent took 11 points from the game and Essex eight.
Jones went in at 1-1 on the first morning after the early loss of Denly and scored 135 off 177 balls with 21 fours, as Kent recovered from an uncertain start to make 474.
Darren Stevens made his second hundred, backed up by half-centuries by Sam Northeast and Martin Van Jaarsveld.
Tom Westley’s 132 helped Essex save the follow-on in a stand of 114 with Ryan ten Doeschate, Essex recovering from 172-5 to make 341.
Kent then extended their 133 first innings advantage to 337, before being all out on the final morning for 204. Northeast made his second fifty of the match.
Jones said: “I got the hundred on the first day but didn’t feel great immediately after play ended.
“I didn’t sleep that night and had to dash to the bathroom several times until 5am in the morning.
“It took a lot out of me, and I didn’t feel right. I went out to field for one over but there was no point staying out there, so I went back to the hotel, had a long sleep and was right as rain the next day.
“James Hockley kept for half an hour after lunch and was delighted to catch Alistair Cook first ball after lunch, off Makhaya (Ntini), and then Paul Dixey who was playing for the Seconds at Beckenham got on the road and arrived to take over for the rest of the afternoon.”
He added: “The innings was pleasing and it all clicked.
“It’s only one knock and I have now got to try and back it up.
“I had been close with my batting but not 100 per cent happy with it.
“I was in the nets a lot in the build-up to the season, working on things, and a big score was due.”
Geraint Jones plays a late cut on the first day of the Championship match against Essex