County’s early con­sis­tency de­lights Walker

CLAYDON DRIVEN ON BY BOWL­ING COM­PE­TI­TION

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Mitch Claydon says com­pe­ti­tion among Kent’s bowlers is fiercer than ever but that’s his mo­ti­va­tion for get­ting out of bed in the morn­ings. The 34-year-old has be­come one of the piv­otal fig­ures in Kent’s at­tack since mov­ing from Durham in 2013 but says that does not mean he ever takes his place for Matt Walker says Kent pretty much got ev­ery­thing right as they main­tained their im­pres­sive start to the sea­son with a 226-run vic­tory over Sus­sex at Hove. The win, their sec­ond in as many games, put them among the early pace­set­ters in Spec­savers County Cham­pi­onship Divi­sion 2 and head coach Walker said their con­sis­tency lev­els so far have been first-rate. He added: “It was al­ways go­ing to be a tough game of cricket against Sus­sex away. They are a fine side and prob­a­bly one of granted. Claydon spent five-and-half months over the win­ter work­ing hard in Aus­tralia and his re­ward has been a re­turn of 10 wick­ets from Kent’s open­ing two cham­pi­onship games. Claydon said: “I have to show them I’m still keen and ea­ger. All these young blokes are get­ting bet­ter and bet­ter, so I’ve got to come back bet­ter and bet­ter ev­ery year. It’s some­thing I’ve thrived off be­cause the young blokes are driv­ing me ev­ery day to get fit­ter and bet­ter be­cause if I slacken off by 5%, they’re go­ing to take my spot. It’s get­ting me out of bed ev­ery morn­ing and keeps me train­ing.” the favourites to go up in this divi­sion, so to play how we did over the course of four days made me happy. “It was an­other good all-round per­for­mance. We de­liv­ered with the bat and our bowl­ing was ex­cel­lent.” Walker said he felt the pe­riod at the end of the sec­ond day when Kent at­tempted to build on a slen­der 13-run first in­nings lead was im­por­tant. He said: “That sec­ond evening when we bat­ted for about 20 overs was a quite a cru­cial pe­riod. We could have been three or four down if they got it right and we played poorly but we played bril­liantly. “Dan (Bell-Drum­mond) and Sean (Dickson) gave us a great start which then gave us the chance to ex­press our­selves.” For­tunes over the first two days had fluc­tu­ated with Kent go­ing from 116-2 to 152-6 be­fore ral­ly­ing to 304 all out af­ter elect­ing to bat. Opener Dickson and Dar­ren Stevens both made 68, the lat­ter shar­ing a sev­enth-wicket stand of 123 with South African Wayne Par­nell, who con­trib­uted an un­beaten 51 on his first ap­pear­ance since re-sign­ing for the county last week. Jofra Archer was the stand­out bowler for the home side, re­turn­ing ca­reer-best fig­ures of 7-67 from 23.3 overs, while Aj­mal Shahzad took 3-91. A record last-wicket stand of 99 be­tween Ben Brown (90) and Archer (60 not out) helped Sus­sex to 291 all out (Par­nell 3-48, Mitch Claydon 4-87, Matt Coles 3-81), hav­ing been 58-5 at one stage. How­ever, Dickson (89) then claimed his sec­ond half-cen­tury be­fore Sam North­east (173 not out) and Stevens (71 not out) added 161 un­bro­ken to take Kent

1-27, 2-62, 3-116, 4-141, 5-152, 6-152, 7-275, 8-276, 9-304, 10-304.

VD Phi­lan­der 17- 6-57- 0, JC Archer 23.3-8- 67-7, D Wiese 16-448- 0, A Shahzad 21-3-91-3, S van Zyl 8- 0-25- 0, CD Nash 2- 0-5- 0. CD Nash lbw b Coles ..........................5 HZ Finch b Par­nell.............................15 A Shahzad c Gid­man b Par­nell ............1 DMW Rawlins c Gid­man b Par­nell .....22 S van Zyl c Gid­man b Claydon ...........13 LJ Evans c Rouse b Claydon ...............0 LJ Wright c Rouse b Coles ................29 BC Brown lbw b Coles.......................90 D Wiese c sub b Claydon ..................22 VD Phi­lan­der c North­east b Claydon ..13 JC Archer not out ..............................60 Ex­tras (b4, lb10, w1, nb6) .................21 DJ Bell-Drum­mond lbw b Shazad .....35 SR Dickson lbw b Shahzed ...............89 JL Denly b Shahzad ............................3 JC Tred­well b Wiese .........................15 SA North­east not out .......................173 WRS Gid­man c Archer b Rawlins.........6 DI Stevens not out.............................71 Ex­tras (b4, lb4, w1, nb12) .................21 HZ Finch c Tred­well b Stevens ..........24 CD Nash c Rouse b Stevens ..............31 DMW Rawlins c Rouse b Stevens ........9 S van Zyl c sub b Stevens ...................0 LJ Evans lbw b Stevens ......................2 LJ Wright lbw b Claydon .....................7 BC Brown not out..............................69 D Wiese c Bell-Drum­mond b Coles....25 VD Phi­lan­der c Denly b Coles ..............8 JC Archer c sub b Coles ......................6 A Shahzad c Denly b Par­nell ...............2 Ex­tras (lb5, w1, nb8) .........................14 KENT’S NEXT FIVE GAMES Apr 21 Der­byshire (Can­ter­bury)...CC2 Apr 27 Hamp­shire (Can­ter­bury)... RLC May 2 Som­er­set (Taun­ton) ........... RLC May 5 Sus­sex (Can­ter­bury) ......... RLC May 7 Mid­dle­sex (Can­ter­bury) ... RLC to 413-5 de­clared in their sec­ond in­nings. Bad light cut day three short by 24 overs but with Stevens (5-51 from 15 overs) to the fore, Kent made light work of the Sus­sex top or­der on the fi­nal morn­ing as they lost six wick­ets for 24 runs in just 12 overs and were even­tu­ally 200 all out. Coles claimed 3-44 from 10 overs, while Brown again proved the hard­est to budge, mak­ing an un­beaten 69. Kent, who picked up 22 points, re­turn to Can­ter­bury on Fri­day for the start of a four-day game with Der­byshire.

Pic­ture: Tony Flash­man

Skip­per Sam North­east says it will be dif­fi­cult to im­prove on Kent’s open­ing Cham­pi­onship dis­plays DJ Bell-Drum­mond b Archer .............13 SR Dickson c Brown b Archer ...........68 JL Denly b Shahzad ..........................24 SA North­east c Wiese b Shahzad ......23 WRS Gid­man c Wright b Archer.........11 DI Stevens c Brown b Shahzad .........68 AP Rouse b Archer ..............................0 WD Par­nell not out ............................51 JC Tred­well c Nash b Archer ...............1 MT Coles b Archer ..............................7 ME Claydon b Archer ..........................0 Ex­tras (b8, lb3, w15, nb12) ...............38

1-10, 2-24, 3-25, 4-58, 5-58, 6-97, 7-121, 8-174, 9-192, 10-291.

JMT Coles 21.5-5-81-3, WD Par­nell 21-7-48-3, ME Claydon 16-2-87-4, DI Stevens 10-4-28- 0, WRS Gid­man 3- 0-9- 0, JC Tred­well 5- 0-24- 0.

JC Archer 23-5-95- 0, D Wiese 19-2-108-1, A Shahzad 27-396-3, S van Zyl 13-2-37- 0, CD Nash 6-1-23- 0, DMW Rawlins 9- 0-46-1. 1-59, 2- 66, 3- 68, 4-74, 5-83, 6-83, 7-137, 8-174, 9-188, 10-200. WD Par­nell 12.1-1-42-1, MT Coles 10- 0-44-3, DI Stevens 15-451-5, ME Claydon 13-2-58-1

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