Bats­men pile on the runs to se­cure fourth vic­tory

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Kent Cricket -

Kent se­cured their fourth vic­tory of the sea­son in LV= County Cham­pi­onship Di­vi­sion 2 when they beat Glam­or­gan by 316 runs in Cardiff. Satur­day’s win came as a re­sult of one of their most com­plete per­for­mances of the sea­son with for­mer skip­per Rob Key im­press­ing with knocks of 94 and 158. He and Joe Denly (161 not out) shared a sec­ond-wicket stand of 222 in Kent’s sec­ond in­nings – a record for that wicket against Glam­or­gan – while Denly also went past 1,000 cham­pi­onship runs for the sea­son and skip­per Sam North­east notched his 2,000th in all com­pe­ti­tions. The game will also be re­mem­bered for Matt Coles claim­ing his 100th wicket of the sea­son in all com­pe­ti­tions on the fi­nal af­ter­noon as he and Dar­ren Stevens (5-58) dis­missed the hosts for 237. Kent were in con­trol from the mo­ment they scored 309 and then re­duced Glam­or­gan to 65-4 on the open­ing day. Kent’s bowlers quickly got to work to re­duce the hosts to 101-7 on day two, although Glam­or­gan re­cov­ered to post 207 with off-spin­ner Adam Ri­ley fin­ish­ing with sea­son’s best fig­ures of 4-47. Daniel Bell-Drum­mond (54) and Key strength­ened Kent’s po­si­tion as they shared an open­ing stand of 114 be­fore Key (158) and Denly (161 not out) took over, with Key reg­is­ter­ing his 54th First-Class cen­tury and his fourth suc­ces­sive score of fifty or more. Kent de­clared on 451-2 to leave Glam­or­gan need­ing 554. They reached 109-2 be­fore a flurry of wick­ets on the fi­nal morn­ing saw Stevens reach 60 scalps in the Cham­pi­onship and Coles move into three fig­ures for the sea­son.

Pic­ture: Barry Good­win

Joe Denly top scored with 161 not out

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