Final flourish seals superb fightback win
Kent produced an astonishing fightback to record a superb seven wicket victory over Derbyshire in Specsavers County Championship Division 2 last week. After seeing their hosts amass 492 all-out in their first innings, it took a career-best unbeaten 207 from Sean Dickson to get the visitors past the follow-on, although he was given excellent support by Matt Coles, who scored 41 in an eighthwicket stand of 97 in 20 overs. Kent eventually finished 412 all-out after tea on day three and then reduced the hosts to 9-3, although with a lead of 89. James Tredwell (4-45) and Calum Haggett (career-best 4-15) ripped through Derby on the final morning to leave Kent chasing 175 for victory. Daniel Bell-Drummond (80 not out) led the way with Sam Northeast adding 30 before Alex Blake hit the the first three deliveries he faced for six to clinch the win. Coles took 5-116 and Tredwell and Ball two each in Derbyshire’s first innings as the hosts recovered from 35-3. Wayne Madsen hit 103 and Shiv Thakor (130) as he and Tom Taylor (80) shared a record 150 stand for the eighth-wicket. Kent were 188-4 in reply before Dickson found support first from Adam Rouse (25) and then from Coles to see his side past 400 .
Kent, who were in championship action against Leicestershire this week, travel to Hampshire tonight (Thursday) in the NatWest T20 Blast. They host Gloucestershire at Beckenham tomorrow (Friday, 5.30pm) and Hampshire at Canterbury on Wednesday (6.30pm). On Sunday, they face Surrey in Royal London One-day Cup at Beckenham (11am).