Cook bags three as the Bears continue to struggle

Monday 3rd May 2010

Simon Cook claimedthree for 53 from his 13 overs

Kent v Warwickshire LV= County Championship Division 1, Day one.
By Mark Pennell
Despite the continued absence of front line bowlers Robbie Joseph, Azhar Mahmood and James Tredwell Kent“s weakened attack continued to perform admirably on day one against Warwickshire, who went in at tea on 185 for seven.
Having taken three wickets in the opening session the hosts bagged four more in the mid-session, three of them leg before.
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 to give the visitors hope of claiming a batting bonus point.
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.