Kent let victory slip
SPITFIRES ARE BEATEN BY THE WEATHER AGAIN
BRITTLE batting and a four-wicket spell by Pakistan spinner Imran Tahir conspired to condemn Kent to their second LV= County Championship Division 1 defeat of the season, losing by 44 runs against Warwickshire at Canterbury on Friday.
The match included 17 lbws, a new Kent record – beating the previous highest of 16 against Durham at Tunbridge Wells in 2000.
Kent won nine of the decisions which equals their most in a two innings game ever.
England prospect Chris Woakes ended proceedings shortly after 5.30pm, uprooting last man Makhaya Ntini’s middle stump and sparking wild celebrations by the visitors.
But Tahir had done the damage by then as Kent, chasing 200 to win, were 126-4 at one stage.
Team director Paul Farbrace said: “It was disappointing, because we were in a good position to win and dominated for three and three quarter days
“There are no excuses. We took our eye off the ball for an hour and it cost us the game.”
A total of 16 wickets fell on the last day as Warwickshire, 258-4 overnight, lost their last six for 69 to be dismissed for 327.
Kent’s quest for their first win of the summer started as it finished, Woakes sending Joe Denly’s middle stump cartwheeling for a second ball duck, his third of the season.
Martin van Jaarsveld (63) and James Hockley’s departure in the space of four balls to Darren Maddy began the decline, the rest subsiding rather quickly.
Rob Key’s luck with the coin continued, again putting the opposition in and dismissing them for a modest 250 – Matt Coles with a career best 4-55 and Simon Cook (4-66) sharing the wickets.
Denly (95) missed out on his first ton of the season while nightwatchman Coles (41) impressed as a potential all-rounder in the making as Kent were dismissed for 377.
Warwickshire made slow progress reducing the deficit to lead by 131 going into the final day. Cook (3-75) was again the best of the Kent bowlers on the last morning taking his total of wickets in the match to seven. KENT’S valiant attempt to force their first win of the season was cut short by the rain at Trent Bridge in a Clydesdale Bank 40 game against Notts Outlaws that had already been truncated by damp weather on Saturday. Steady rain throughout the day looked to have ruined any chance of play but a 10over a side match was attempted at 6pm and Kent made a wholehearted attempt to chalk up their first victory. Put into bat by the hosts, Kent openers Joe Denly and Rob Key launched into the Notts attack, blasting 73 in rapid time before Denly was bowled by Steven Mullaney for 28, a 14-ball innings which included four fours and a six. Key went a few balls later for an even more impressive 44 from 18 balls. The Kent captain smashed five fours and three sixes before becoming Mullaney’s second victim. Darren Stevens was unbeaten on five and Martin van Jaarsveld was yet to face a ball when the players were called off with Kent having raced to 78-2 from just 6.1 overs. The point gained from Kent’s second no result in Group C in the competition, means that Key’s men have just two points from three games.