Kent v Essex
County Championship 1938
VenueBat and Ball Ground, Gravesend on 7th, 9th, 10th May 1938 (3-day match)
Balls per over6
TossEssex won the toss and decided to bat
ResultKent won by 6 wickets
PointsKent 12; Essex 0
UmpiresGM Lee, JA Newman
Close of play day 1Kent (1) 4/0 (Spencer 2*, Fagg 2*)
Close of play day 2Essex (2) 66/3 (O'Connor 14*, Nichols 11*)

Essex first inningsRunsBallsMins4s6s
*DR Wilcoxc Todd b Harding10     
LC Eastmanlbw b Todd13     
AV Averyc Ames b Wright16     
J O'Connorb Wright20     
MS Nicholsc Chalk b Wright163 288172 
RM Taylorc and b Todd7     
AB Laversc Cole b Harding39     
AB Quickb Todd17     
TPB Smithlbw b Todd103 113172 
+TH Wadeb Harding37     
R Smithnot out7     
Extras(6 b, 4 lb, 6 nb, 2 w)18
Total(all out, 111.4 overs)450
Fall of wickets:
1-26, 2-26, 3-57, 4-64, 5-71, 6-140, 7-170, 8-354, 9-437, 10-450 (111.4 ov)
Kent bowlingOversMdnsRunsWktsWidesNo-Balls
Harding24   11263--
Cole15   1610--
Todd30   31164--
Lewis10   3370--

Kent first inningsRunsBallsMins4s6s
TW Spencerc Wade b Nichols2     
AE Faggc Wade b Nichols19     
FE Woolleyc Taylor b TPB Smith38     
*FGH Chalkc TPB Smith b Eastman46     
+LEG Amesc Taylor b TPB Smith170 135243 
BH Valentinec Eastman b Nichols151 140222 
LJ Toddb Nichols29     
DVP Wrightnot out51     
NW Hardingb Nichols4     
CG Colerun out3     
C Lewisb TPB Smith19     
Extras(3 b, 13 lb)16
Total(all out, 113.5 overs)548
Fall of wickets:
1-5, 2-46, 3-64, 4-166, 5-368, 6-459, 7-468, 8-482, 9-485, 10-548 (113.5 ov)
Essex bowlingOversMdnsRunsWktsWidesNo-Balls
Nichols33   51465--
TPB Smith36.551523--
Eastman30   11351--
R Smith8   0660--
Lavers4   0140--
O'Connor2   0190--

Essex second inningsRunsBallsMins4s6s
*DR Wilcoxb Todd0     
LC Eastmanc Valentine b Wright24     
AV Averyb Todd16     
J O'Connorc Todd b Wright113 14920- 
MS Nicholslbw b Wright26     
RM Taylorc Woolley b Valentine35     
AB Laversb Valentine22     
AB Quickb Wright8     
TPB Smithlbw b Todd10     
+TH Wadeb Wright0     
R Smithnot out0     
Extras(4 b, 2 lb)6
Total(all out, 67.1 overs)260
Fall of wickets:
1-0, 2-41, 3-41, 4-111, 5-186, 6-225, 7-249, 8-260, 9-260, 10-260 (67.1 ov)
Kent bowlingOversMdnsRunsWktsWidesNo-Balls
Harding11   1590--
Cole3   0110--
Wright23   7785--
Valentine5   1262--

Kent second inningsRunsBallsMins4s6s
AE Fagglbw b Eastman27     
FE Woolleyc R Smith b Eastman53     
*FGH Chalkc Quick b Nichols20     
+LEG Amesnot out41     
BH Valentinest Wade b Eastman7     
LJ Toddnot out13     
TW Spencerdid not bat      
DVP Wrightdid not bat      
NW Hardingdid not bat      
CG Coledid not bat      
C Lewisdid not bat      
Extras(3 lb)3
Total(4 wickets, 26.4 overs)164
Fall of wickets:
1-63, 2-100, 3-104, 4-137
Essex bowlingOversMdnsRunsWktsWidesNo-Balls
Nichols11   0711--
TPB Smith2   030--
Eastman9   0503--
R Smith4   0280--

--> MS Nichols (1) passed 15000 runs in first-class matches when he reached 16
--> AB Lavers (1) passed his previous highest score of 31 in first-class matches
--> AB Lavers (1) passed his previous highest score of 31 in County Championship matches
--> LEG Ames (2) passed 24000 runs in first-class matches when he reached 22
--> LJ Todd reached 300 wickets in County Championship matches when taking his 2nd wicket in the Essex first innings
--> DVP Wright reached 250 wickets in County Championship matches when taking his 1st wicket in the Essex second innings

The match aggregate of 1,422 runs was only 58 runs short of the highest in a county championship match in England (1475 - Northamptonshire v Surrey, 1920).
Woolley scored 36 of his 1st innings 38 in boundaries (nine 4's) in 17 minutes.





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