Stevens hits ca­reer-best 237

The Daily Telegraph - Sport - - Subject -

Dar­ren Stevens hit a re­mark­able ca­reer-best in­nings of 237 to turn around Kent’s fortunes against York­shire on a record-break­ing day at Head­in­g­ley.

Duanne Olivier took four quick wick­ets to re­duce Kent to 39 for five only for Stevens and cap­tain Sam Billings to steer them away from trou­ble.

Stevens, who is out of con­tract at the end of the sea­son, and Billings (138) shared a part­ner­ship of 346, the best in Kent his­tory for the sixth wicket, to carry the vis­i­tors to 482 for eight at the close.

Sec­ond-placed Es­sex, need­ing a win to keep up the pres­sure be­fore meet­ing Som­er­set in the fi­nal game, were frus­trated by bad light as 50 overs were lost on the first day of their clash with Surrey.

Jamie Porter and Sam Cook took two wick­ets each as Surrey reached 137 for four, with Ben Foakes un­beaten on 31.

Lan­cashire se­cured the Di­vi­sion Two ti­tle as they posted a firstin­nings to­tal of 259 against Mid­dle­sex.

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