Bandara bags four as Kent battle for Hampshire wickets on day one

Monday 6th September 2010

Malinga Bandara finished with a season’s best haul of four for 42

Kent v Hampshire LV= County Championship Division 1 in Canterbury.

By Mark Pennell

Kent were battling hard to maintain their top-flight championship status at St Lawrence where they close the opening day of this crucial relegation battle on 15 for one after 15 overs.
Responding to Hampshire“s modest 204 all out, Kent lost Sam Northeast (1) to the fourth ball of the response but dug in thereafter through Rob Key (7*) and Joe Denly (7*) to go into the second day trailing by 189.
Opening the batting at his own behest after unsuccessful stints at No3 and No5, Northeast inside edged onto his own stumps from the fourth ball of the innings from Dominic Cork.
Batting first after winning the toss, Hampshire were made to work hard for every run in the morning session as Kent“s makeshift attack made the Hawks“ batsmen work hard for their runs.
Visiting opener Jimmy Adams might have gone for five when he wafted at a wide one from Coles only to bisect James Tredwell at first slip and Martin van Jaarsveld at second. The latter just got fingertips on it, but could not prevent the ball flying for a boundary to third man.
Stevens caused most headaches at the Nackington Road End swinging the ball through the air and nipping it off the seam almost at will, he bowled a stunning spell of 15-7-24-1 to give Kent their first breakthrough after 81 minutes.
Having beaten the outside edge on numerous occasions, Stevens finally feathered the outside edge of Carberry“s bat to end his 65-ball stay to a catch at the wicket.
Five overs later James Tredwell gave Kent another deserved breakthrough by having enigmatic Australian left-hander Phil Hughes caught at slip for one when prodding forward in defence.
Malinga Bandara was given the final over before lunch and duly struck with his first ball to remove Michael Dawson (9). Driving hard at a dipping leg-spinner the right-hander edged to slip where van Jaarsveld took a reflex one-handed chance to his right.
Kent continued their good work after lunch with three more wickets in the mid-session and send Hampshire in at tea on 178 for six.
James Vince (36) lashed at one from Matt Coles only to edge to slip, Sean Ervine (11) clipped to mid-wicket where Sam Northeast went to his right to claim a good catch, then before tea Michael Bates (1) worked around a Simon Cook off-cutter to be bowled.
After tea, Kent rounded off a decent day by mopping up the last four Hampshire wickets, but not before the visitors posted a batting bonus point for reaching 200.
After the resumption, Dominic Cork ((20) heaved across the line to go lbw to Bandara, Jimmy Adams, on 84 from 222 balls, swept at James Tredwell only to under-edge onto his boot a gift a simple catch to the keeper.
Chris Wood (8) looking to slog leg-side edged Bandara to slip and the Sri Lankan polished off the innings by trapping Danny Briggs leg before for eight.
Bandara finished with a season“s best of four for 42 while Cook and Tredwell snared two apiece to wrap up the Hampshire innings by 4.20pm.
Picture: Sarah Ansell