Fi­nal flour­ish seals su­perb fight­back win

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Kent Cricket -

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).

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