Kent get sea­son off to fly­ing start

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Sport -

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.

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