Derbyshire 83-2 v Kent 259
Four wickets fell in the space of 31 balls at the start of a dramatic second day to Kent’s Specsavers County Championship clash with second division rivals Derbyshire in Canterbury.
After wrapping up Kent’s first innings by taking their last two wickets in barely 15 minutes, Derbyshire then lost both opening batsmen inside two overs and with only four runs on the board.
The visitors recovered somewhat with a counter-attacking half-century stand between Shiv Thakor and Wayne Madsen to go in at lunch on 83 for two, but still trailing on first innings by 177.
Starting their first innings reply at 11.57am, Derbyshire were in trouble by noon when opener Luis Reece shouldered arms at Wayne Parnell’s third delivery to lose his off stump and depart without scoring.
Eight deliveries later, his fellow opener and skipper, Billy Godleman, followed suit when he became Darren Steven’s 14th victim of the season to date. Squared up by a full-length leg-cutter, Godleman edged low to third slip where Will Gidman held a sharp, low chance.
Earlier, and after half-an-hour’s delay to mop up early morning drizzle, Derbyshire needed only four deliveries of day two to claim Kent’s night wicket, that of Adam Rouse (29) who prodded down the wrong line to go lbw and give Tony Palladino a deserved wicket.
Last man Matt Coles threw the kitchen sink at a full ball from Will Davis and was rewarded with a boundary that flew off a thick edge to the ropes at third man to raise Kent’s 250 for a second batting bonus point.
Coles lofted a straight six off the same bowler, who extracted immediate revenge by having Coles caught at backward point off an attempted steer. Kent, and Coles it would seem, were more than content with their total of 259.