Kent look to hit back
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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.