Kent duo smash record

Kent duo sur­pass the 2017 Dick­son and Denly mile­stone Other land­marks fall un­der the gaze of Eng­land se­lec­tor

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Sport - Bob Wil­lis Tro­phy By Scyld Berry CHIEF CRICKET WRITER

Kent bats­men Jor­dan Cox and Jack Lean­ing both scored dou­ble hun­dreds in an un­bro­ken clu­brecord first-class stand worth 423 in their Bob Wil­lis Tro­phy clash with Sus­sex at Can­ter­bury. It beat Kent’s pre­vi­ous record of 382 set by Sean Dick­son and Joe Denly for the sec­ond wicket against Northamp­ton­shire in 2017.

Teenage wick­et­keeper Jor­dan Cox shared Kent’s high­est-ever stand of 423 with Jack Lean­ing yes­ter­day in an in­nings vic­tory over Sus­sex. The pair beat the record of 382 by Sean Dick­son and Joe Denly which had stood for only three years.

Re­sum­ing on 338 for one overnight, Cox reached his 238 off 345 balls with 27 fours and three sixes, and went on to notch Kent’s high­est in­di­vid­ual in­nings against Sus­sex, beat­ing Neil Tay­lor’s 203 not out set at Hove in 1991. The 19-yearold be­came the county’s high­est maiden cen­tury-maker – beat­ing the 57-year-old record of 211 made by David Ni­cholls against Der­byshire at Folke­stone.

Lean­ing, 26, scored his 200 in 351 min­utes off 289 balls and with 29 fours. By lunch the pair had sailed past the land­mark set by Dick­son and Denly for the sec­ond wicket against Northamp­ton­shire at Beck­en­ham in 2017. They had also beaten the 131-year-old Kent record for any wicket in matches against Sus­sex of 249 by fourth-wicket part­ners Ge­orge Hearne and Fran­cis Marchant at Gravesend in 1889.

In­deed, Kent’s to­tal of 530 for one be­came the fourth­high­est sin­gle-wicket score in global first-class cricket his­tory be­hind the world record of 561 for one held by Karachi Whites in the Pa­trons Tro­phy against Quetta in 1977.

“I’ve never seen any­thing like that at Can­ter­bury,” said Darren Stevens, who took five Sus­sex wick­ets in the sec­ond in­nings. “Jor­dan and Jack were just ex­cep­tional over th­ese past two days.

“They looked in no trou­ble. Jor­dan looked like he’d been play­ing 20 years. He’s an ex­cep­tional tal­ent and the way he just kept bat­ting and bat­ting he looked like he’d al­ready got 15 hun­dreds un­der his belt. I’m so pleased for Jack. He’s the new boy in the team and came down from York­shire with a lot of hype sur­round­ing him. He’s fit­ted in bril­liantly.”

Kent have al­ways had a plen­ti­ful crop of wick­et­keeper-bats­men – more so than any other county or even coun­try – but at the start of this sea­son they had four to ac­com­mo­date, one of them the club cap­tain Sam Billings, along with Adam Rouse and Ol­lie Robin­son, while Cox was the most ju­nior as Eng­land’s Un­der-19 wick­et­keeper.

But the rule nowa­days is that young bats­men are all the bet­ter for keep­ing wicket as their pow­ers of con­cen­tra­tion are en­hanced and they have to watch ev­ery ball closely. On this ba­sis, Cox, hav­ing played four first-class matches, and with a pre­vi­ous high­est score of 29, was pro­moted to open in the ab­sence of Denly (in­jured) and Zak Craw­ley in the Eng­land Test bub­ble.

Slim and ag­ile in ad­di­tion to hav­ing the hand-eye co-or­di­na­tion of the ex­cel­lent wick­et­keeper, Cox played qual­ity strokes along the ground be­fore go­ing to his hun­dred by hit­ting an off-break for one of his three sixes.

Although there was no crowd at Can­ter­bury, Cox was watched by Eng­land na­tional se­lec­tor Ed Smith.

Lean­ing had scored only four first-class cen­turies since mak­ing his de­but for York­shire in 2013, with a high­est score of 123. A clas­si­cal de­fence was one main rea­son why Kent signed him dur­ing the win­ter with a view to bat­ting at No4, be­hind Craw­ley and Denly.

On what had been a bel­ter of a pitch when Cox and Lean­ing bat­ted, Sus­sex were skit­tled a sec­ond time round by Stevens to lose by an in­nings and 25 runs.

Rouse per­haps see­ing the writ­ing on the scoreboard, an­nounced his re­tire­ment last week. Else­where, Lancashire eased to vic­tory over

Durham, win­ning by an in­nings and 18 runs, while Worces­ter­shire built an overnight ad­van­tage of 179 runs with eight sec­ond-in­nings wick­ets re­main­ing in their clash with Glam­or­gan. Sur­rey need 310 runs from the fi­nal day to beat Es­sex and a knock of 75 from Jonny

Bairstow put York­shire (264 all out and 259 for seven) in a strong po­si­tion against Nottingham­shire (355 all out). Half-cen­turies from Graeme Van Bu­uren and Ryan Hig­gins kept Glouces­ter­shire hopes alive against War­wick­shire.

Heroic: Jor­dan Cox of Kent cel­e­brates his maiden dou­ble cen­tury in a record stand of 423 with Jack Lean­ing

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.