Croft Stars on a Difficult Day for Kent

Wednesday 12th September 2012

Men’s First Team

In his final first-class game Glamorgan off-spinner Robert Croft took figures of five for 31 to put a dent in Kent's promotion hopes on the second day of the LV= County Championship Division Two game at Cardiff.

In reply to Glamorgan's first-innings 390, Kent were dismissed in dramatic fashion for 170 after losing their last eight wickets for 33 runs in 12.1 overs. Mike Reed also ended with three for 39.

Following on 220 behind Kent finished the day 33 for two in their second innings, needing a further 187 to make Glamorgan bat again. That was after losing captain Rob Key and Daniel Bell-Drummond for nought.

Before the first-innings collapse Kent suffered an early setback when John Glover trapped Key to leave Kent 26 for one. Sam Northeast and Bell-Drummond then gave the Kent innings some impetus with a stand of 70 before the latter fell lbw to Jim Allenby. Then just before tea Northeast, who reached his 50 off 81 balls, also went leg before to Croft to leave the visitors on 137 for three.

Kent then lost two more wickets in the space of six balls. Reed had Michael Powell, whose return to the Swalec Stadium lasted only 12 balls, caught by Stewart Walters at second slip after third slip, Will Bragg, failed to cling on. Powell was followed back to the pavilion by Brendan Nash, who was taken by Allenby at slip after attempting to flick Croft through mid-wicket.

Later there followed four wickets in the space of 13 balls. Geraint Jones gave Croft a return catch, Reed accounted for both Darren Stevens and Matt Coles with consecutive balls and James Tredwell was trapped by Croft leg before.

Kent's frustrations from the first day continued into the second after Glamorgan resumed their first innings on 334 for eight. The ninth-wicket stand between Allenby – 100 overnight – and Glover added a further 46 runs in 10.4 overs. On the way Allenby and Glover, who scored a maiden first-class half-century, broke the Glamorgan ninth-wicket record against Kent of 128, beating the 103 of Mark Wallace and Dean Cosker at Canterbury two months ago. Kent finally got their third bowling point eight balls before the end of the restrictions when Coles had Glover caught at second slip. Allenby, on his 30th birthday, was left stranded on 125 when Reed was trapped lbw by Coles.

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Photo: Sarah Ansell