Kent let vic­tory slip

SPIT­FIRES ARE BEATEN BY THE WEATHER AGAIN

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Family Announcements - By An­drew Gi­d­ley

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.

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