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DBD and Latham break records as Kent seal 10-wicket win

Kent’s new opening partners Daniel Bell-Drummond and Tom Latham batted their side to a 10-wicket victory over Glamorgan in the Specsavers County Championship and re-wrote their county’s record book in the process.

In pursuit of 187 for victory the hosts cantered home an hour after lunch to post their maximum points win. It was Kent’s third 10-wicket triumph over the Welsh County in Championship history and their first since Sophia Gardens in 2005.

Batting together for the first time in this match, Bell-Drummond and Latham followed their first innings opening stand of 131 with an unbroken record Kent first wicket partnership against Glamorgan 190 in the second innings, surpassing Mark Benson and Neil Taylor's 168 stand in 1987.

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They are Kent’s first opening partners to post century first-wicket stands in each innings of a championship match since Arthur Phebey and Arthur Fagg recorded 107 and 132 against Gloucestershire in Gloucester in 1954.

It is only the third instance in championship history that Kent have posted two hundred opening stands in the same game.

Bell-Drummond, fresh from 84 in the first innings, finished unbeaten with 86. While Latham, on debut, hit 53 in his first innings and was unbeaten on 79 at the end. The New Zealand left-hander became the first Kent batsman to pass 50 in both innings of his championship debut.

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