Coles claims career-best figures as Warwickshire are dismissed for 250

Monday 3rd May 2010

Teenager Matt Coles impressed with figures of four for 55

Kent v Warwickshire LV= County Championship Division 1, Day one.
By Mark Pennell
Career-best bowling figures of four for 55 by 19-year-old Matt Coles and another four-wicket haul by Simon Cook helped Kent dismiss Warwickshire for 250 and remain in control for much of the opening day.
The hosts lost skipper Rob Key for 18 just before the close, given out caught at the wicket off Chris Woakes, Kent will go into day two on 43 for one and an overall deficit of 207.
Having taken three wickets in the opening session the hosts bagged four more in the mid-session, three of them leg before and then wrapped up the Warwickshire innings soon after tea.
Three overs after lunch Jim Troughton (1) became the first of the lbw victims when he was snared by Amjad Khan, then Matt Coles snapped up Rikki Clarke (8) and Tom Ambrose (14) in similar fashion.
Simon Cook then returned to snap up his third wicket of the day, having Chris Woakes (11) caught behind by Geraint Jones when flashing outside off stump.
In amongst the carnage, Jonathan Trott dig deep to post an 82-ball 50 with five fours and Neil Carter hit a belligerent 43 to see them to a second batting bonus point.
After tea, Trott played outside a Coles“ off-cutter that grazed off stump to go for a top-scoring 67 then the all-rounder also had Naqaash Tahir well held at third slip by James Hockley.
Carter hit the only six of the innings, a hook for six off Cook that sailed by the side of the Colin Cowdrey stand, but Cook had his revenge by having the left-hander caught behind to finish with four for 66.
At the start of the day captain Rob Key, after winning the toss, threw the new ball to Makhaya Ntini on his home debut and the South African Test legend was unlucky not to pick up his first wicket in a tight and tidy six-over opening stint that conceded only 19 runs.
Amjad Khan shared the new ball from the Nackington Road End, but switched to replace Ntini at the Pavilion End to give Kent their first breakthrough in the 16th over of the game.
Cramped and hurried in his pull shot, Warwickshire“s left-handed skipper Ian Westwood (18) skied his shot toward mid-wicket where Sam Northeast, running back from short leg took a good catch over his shoulder to make it 51 for one.
Khan twice found the edge in his next over and saw Darren Maddy (25) edge between slip and keeper for four to third man then Ian Bell (5) inside edge to Jones who just got a touch on the ball before it too went for four.
Khan was replaced by Cook who, after a tardy two overs from the Nackington Road End, bowled with more venom up the slope to claim two for 21 before lunch.
He had Bell (10) well held on the run at long leg by Amjad Khan and then, to the last ball before the interval, saw Maddy (39) follow a leg-cutter and edge a regulation catch to Jones.