Nash hero­ics help end long win­less se­quence

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Www.kentonline.co.uk/cricket - By Alex Hoad

James Tred­well ad­mit­ted to re­lief af­ter an in­cred­i­ble in­nings from Bren­dan Nash helped Kent claim their first LV= County Cham­pi­onship Di­vi­sion 2 win of the sea­son at the ninth at­tempt.

Nash re­tired ill with Kent just 21 runs short of their man­u­fac­tured vic­tory tar­get of 411 against Glouces­ter­shire af­ter bat­ting for five hours at Chel­tenham to amass an amaz­ing 199.

Ex­haus­tion fi­nally saw Nash’s in­nings end just eight runs short of his ca­reer best score af­ter 26 fours and a six in a 230-ball stay.

How­ever, the vic­tory saw Kent move off the foot of the ta­ble and avoid record­ing their worst ever start to a sea­son.

Tred­well said: “It’s been a tough start and to get over the line in a game like that is a good way to do it. We had to drive home pretty quick and get ready for the next game af­ter­wards – if we’re hon­est, we would have liked to have savoured it a bit more.

“There was a bit of re­lief. For eight games be­fore that we’ve turned up hop­ing to win but it hadn’t quite hap­pened for us.

“We’ve played some de­cent cricket at times. We’ve got to put it to­gether for four days to con­sis­tently get the bet­ter of teams. I’m sure that will come.”

Tred­well’s team be­gan the fi­nal day need­ing 411 af­ter a first in­nings dec­la­ra­tion in re­sponse to the hosts’ 562-5 de­clared first time around.

Kent lost opener Sam North­east and Daniel Bell-Drum­mond early to bring Nash to the crease at 48-2 and af­ter a stand of 85 be­tween Nash and Rob Key, the opener de­parted for 42.

Ben Harmi­son went for 23 but Nash breezed to his third cen­tury of the sea­son as Kent reached tea on 247-4. Dar­ren Stevens added a rapid 30 but went on 2705, while Geraint Jones (23) was dis­missed with Kent still 86 runs short of vic­tory.

Ver­non Phi­lan­der de­parted for just two and it needed the calm in­flu­ence of cap­tain Tred­well (26) to help put Kent back on track against the sec­ond new ball.

Af­ter lengthy treat­ment, Nash went off with Kent 390-7 and though Tred­well de­parted just two balls later, Calum Haggett and Char­lie Shreck saw Kent home.

Vic­tory had seemed a long way off when Glouces­ter­shire had reached 348-3 on the open­ing day. Haggett struck twice to make it 74-2 but Chris Dent (153), Alex Gid­man (211) and Hamish Mar­shall (106) guided the hosts to a dec­la­ra­tion.

In re­ply, Kent slipped to 212-4 but North­east (94), Harmi­son’s un­beaten 101 and 75 from Stevens en­abled cap­tain Tred­well to de­clare on 389-5. His op­po­site num­ber, Michael Klinger, agreed not to en­force the fol­low-on and in­stead helped him­self to an un­beaten cen­tury from some gen­er­ous bowl­ing late on day three.

The hosts de­clared on 237-1 in just 41 overs to set Kent’s tar­get for vic­tory.

Pic­ture: Michael Smith / Glouces­ter­shire me­dia

TEXT­BOOK DE­FENCE: Geraint Jones plays for­ward dur­ing his 21 not out in Kent’s first in­nings against Glouces­ter­shire

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