Alastair Cook serves up his 70th century as Essex dominate Kent on the first day of the season


Alastair Cook serves up his 70th first-class century as Essex dominate Kent on the first day of the new County Championship season… while Hampshire take control against Somerset at the Ageas Bowl

  • Alastair Cook hit his 70th century to get Essex off to a strong start against Kent
  • The 37-year-old went to his hundred from 262 balls with 11 boundaries
  • Elsewhere, Hampshire took control against Somerset at the Ageas Bowl

Alastair Cook struck his 70th first-class century on Thursday to get Essex off to a strong start against Kent on day one of the County Championship season.

The 37-year-old went to his hundred from 262 balls with 11 boundaries in fading light at Chelmsford, but edged behind off Australia paceman Jackson Bird before adding to his total. 

Cook’s opening partner Nick Browne made 107 but Dan Lawrence was out lbw without playing a shot for seven as 2019 champions Essex finished on 272 for four.

Alastair Cook hit his 70th first-class century to get Essex off to a strong start against Kent

The 37-year-old went to his hundred from 262 balls with 11 boundaries on Thursday

The 37-year-old went to his hundred from 262 balls with 11 boundaries on Thursday

Hampshire took control of their match against Somerset at the Ageas Bowl, as Ian Holland (41 not out) and Joe Weatherley (65 not out) guided them to 109 without loss in reply to the visitors’ 180. 

James Hildreth made 87 for Somerset but three wickets for Keith Barker and two each for Pakistan seamer Mohammad Abbas and left-arm spinner Liam Dawson denied them a batting bonus point.

On a rain-delayed first day at Edgbaston, Surrey’s Ryan Patel raced to a half-century from 52 balls against champions Warwickshire. 

Cook helped Essex dominate against Kent on day one of the County Championship season

Cook helped Essex dominate against Kent on day one of the County Championship season

Patel made 75, while Rory Burns reached 41 before chipping the last ball before lunch back to spinner Danny Briggs. Surrey closed on 168 for three.

The first century of the season went to Middlesex’s Stephen Eskinazi, who hit 118 in a total of 307 for four against Derbyshire in Division Two. 

Eskinazi was supported by 80 from Josh de Caires, the son of former England captain Mike Atherton.

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