Kent look to hit back

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Kentish Express Ashford & District - - SPORT -

KENT’S di­rec­tor of cricket Gra­ham Ford is back­ing his side to bounce back from last week’s dra­matic de­feat in Durham and be­lieves Glam­or­gan may well be the un­lucky side to feel the Spit­fires’ back­lash when the county re­turn to ac­tion in Can­ter­bury on Sun­day.

Rob Key’s side looked set to bank 12 LV Cham­pi­onship points from a rea­son­ably re­spectable draw at The River­side un­til last Satur­day af­ter­noon’s bat­ting col­lapse, in­spired by Eng­land Test seam­ers Steve Harmi­son and Liam Plun­kett, sent Kent into a last ses­sion nose dive to­ward a 157run hum­bling.

Plun­kett, the best bowler over the four days, claimed the vi­tal scalps of Yasir Arafat (6) and Andrew Hall (3) and eight wick­ets in the match, leav­ing Harmi­son to knock over the tail with five for 61 as part of his nine for 136 game tally.

Speak­ing from South Africa hav­ing re­turned to his Dur­ban home for some valu­able time with his fam­ily this week, Ford said: “It was dis­ap­point­ing over­all be­cause we were right in there pitch­ing for two-and-a-half days and I felt it cer­tainly wasn’t a game we should have lost.

“We’ve caught Durham at a time when they had all three of their Eng­land play­ers avail­able. All three are pas­sion­ate about the club and went that ex­tra mile for them against us.

“We were un­lucky in that and things didn’t go our way, par­tic­u­larly with the pitch. But we didn’t quite re­spond as well as I would have liked.

His­tory as well as re­cent form point to an­other Kent win, in­deed Glam­or­gan have only ever beaten Spit­fires once in this com­pe­ti­tion.

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