Essex recovered from a poor start to reach 268-8 at stumps on the opening day of their game with Lancashire.
Essex captain James Foster has been banned for two matches after a spate of disciplinary offences at his club.
Ravi Bopara starred with bat and ball as Essex beat Lancashire by seven wickets in the CB40.
James Foster has taken over as Essex captain following Mark Pettini's decision to stand down.
James Foster will captain Essex for the remainder of the county's Friends Provident t20 campaign.
Robbie Joseph bowled Kent to a 192-run triumph over Essex on the final day at Chelmsford.
Michael Vaughan has been named in the MCC side to play county champions Durham.
Darren Gough is among 20 English players to be entered in the IPL's forthcoming auction.
Gloucestershire batted throughout the final day for a draw against Essex, although it was not enough for to avoid the wooden spoon.
Essex can upset an excellent Kent team in the final of the Friends Provident Trophy, according to wicketkeeper James Foster.
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