Kent 99-4 v Glamorgan
An unbroken half-century fifth-wicket stand between Joe Denly and Zak
Crawley helped Kent save face on the opening morning of their
Specsavers County Championship clash with Glamorgan in Canterbury.
Having lost four wickets inside the opening 12 overs of the match,
Kent fought back to go in at lunch on 99 for four with Crawley (37*)
and Denly (24*) unbeaten having added 60 through to the interval.
Batting first after Glamorgan opted to bowl after an uncontested toss,
Kent made a miserable start losing both openers within 37 deliveries.
Sean Dickson (11) was first to go, prodding outside off against
Michael Hogan, the right-hander edged low to David Lloyd at slip,
then, to the very next delivery from Lucas Carey, Daniel Bell-Drummond
aimed an expansive drive without moving his feet and feathered one
though to the gloves of Chris Cooke.
The Kentish malaise deepened when, with the score on 20, home skipper
Sam Northeast (6) chased a wide, floating away swinger from Carey to
be caught at slip.
Kent’s top-order continued to contribute to their own demise when Sam
Billings’ 14-ball stay ended for 18. Pushing on the back foot to a
Rory Smith away-swinger that started on a fourth-stump line and went
further away, Billings lamely followed to edge to the keeper. The
right-hander stood his ground, however, forcing umpire Nigel Cowley,
officiating in his final game, to raise the trigger finger.
With Denly becalmed on one for 45 minutes, the hosts finally raised
their 50 in the 19th over and, despite being beaten outside off on
numerous occasions, survived through to lunch without suffering
At the day’s start, Kent opted to rest Mitch Claydon for the final
game of the campaign to give his Newcastle team-mate Grant Stewart, an
Australian-raised all-rounder, a first-class debut.
The visitors, who were without Colin Ingram, Jacques Rudolph and
Aneurin Donald, opted to have a closer look at a triumvirate of
youngsters; Nick Selman, Kiran Carlson and Andrew Salter in a
Glamorgan side that included seven Welsh-born players.