Kent get season off to flying start
Darren Stevens bowled Kent to victory against Gloucestershire inside three days but admitted he hadn’t seen it coming. He took 6-22 as the visitors were dismissed for just 61 in their second innings as Kent’s Specsavers County Championship Division 2 season made a flying start with a 334-run win in at The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence on Sunday afternoon. He said: “I certainly didn’t see that coming. “There was plenty in the pitch for the bowlers if you put it in the right places and when we spoke after day one, I thought 250 was a par score. “We felt Gloucestershire bowled too short in our first innings and we went on to bowl better lengths and got dramatic rewards. “It was a good cricket pitch, plenty in there for the bowlers but if you applied yourself with the bat, you could score runs on it too. “Joe Denly played brilliantly for us and I scraped a fifty.” Kent batted first, making 298 all out with Stevens (50) and Denly (62) registering half-centuries before bowling out the visitors for 149 with Mitch Claydon taking 4-35 and on-loan James Harris returning figures of 3-42. Denly (59) was back at it again in Kent’s second innings with Will Gidman (51) and James Tredwell (47 not out) seeing Kent to 246 and a lead of 395. Then Harris (3-20) and Stevens tore through the Gloucestershire line-up in just 20 overs to seal the comprehensive win.