Cook bags a five-for as Leicestershire succumb for 148

Tuesday 15th September 2009

Simon Cook bowled 18 overs and finished with five for 44

Kent v Leicestershire LV County Championship, Division 2, Day two, Canterbury.
By Mark Pennell
KENT seamer Simon Cook bagged five for 44 and spearhead Amjad Khan claimed four for 46 as Leicestershire were skittled out for 148 inside 56 overs at an overcast St Lawrence ground on Wednesday.
Cook enjoyed stints at both ends as only three Leicestershire batsmen limped into double figures in a poor, end-of-term batting display by the East Midlands side.
Fielding first after winning the toss, Kent managed to take wickets in the opening session despite some occasionally wayward bowling as skipper Rob Key turned to five bowlers in the opening two hours.
In the eighth over Khan pegged back the off-stump of right-hander Matt Boyce (8) via an inside edge then, four overs later, Khan had left-handed Paul Nixon held knee high at second slip by Martin van Jaarsveld at second slip of an edged defensive push.
Boeta Dippenaar watched from the other end as wickets continued to fall as Josh Cobb (8) played outside one from Ryan McLaren, playing his first game in six weeks, to go leg-before then, to the last over before lunch, James Taylor (6) missed a Simon Cook off-cutter to also go lbw as all four wickets fell from the Nackington Road End.
Dippenaar, unbeaten on 20 come the interval, reached 1,000 championship runs for the season in the process but he too went in the mid-session as Leicestershire“s collapse gathered momentum.
Six overs after the break Tom New (3) edged a Cook leg-cutter to keeper Geraint Jones then James Benning, having made an emergency dash to the opticians having damaged a contact lens, and followed one from Khan to edge to van Jaarsveld again at second slip.
Dippenaar, having posted a 108-ball 50 with eight fours, went four runs later following a serious lapse of judgement. Shouldering arms at one from Cook he could only watch as the ball seamed in to clip the outside of off stump.
The last there Foxes wickets added only another 30 runs as Jigar Naik (8) fenced at one from Khan that flew shoulder high and just to the right of Kemp at slip then Iain O“Brien also nicked to the cordon off Cook, this time to van Jaarsveld.
Cook wrapped up his third five-wicket return this season when Wayne White (8) edged to James Tredwell at third slip to wrap up the innings on the cusp of the tea interval.