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Denly and Goodman lead Kent fightback at St Lawrence

Monday 28th June 2010

Joe Denly hit eight boundaries in a 60-ball half-century

Kent v The Pakistanis, Canterbury day two of three.
By Mark Pennell
Pakistan“s new ball bowlers showed their class in steamy, swinging conditions at St Lawrence to reduce Kent to 95 for four by the lunch break on Tuesday.
Heavy, early morning rain led to a 30-minute delay for the mopping up work and also increased humidity levels, leaving Umer Gul and Mohammad Amir to exploit conditions wonderfully well as Kent replied to the Pakistan total of 360.
After a reasonably promising start that saw both Joe Denly and night watchman Matt Coles hit confidence-boosting boundaries, Kent lost four wickets for two runs in the space of 14 balls.
The collapse started when Coles (12) pushed inside the line of an in-swinger from left-arm quick bowler Mohammad Amir to lose his off stump and make it 31 for one.
Two balls later Chris Piesley, on his first-class debut, went without scoring after he pushed at an Amir off-cutter to edge to slip where Salman Butt took a sharp, low catch to his left.
In the next over Alex Blake, playing late and only half forward to an in-ducker from Umer Gul, squeezed one through the gate of bat and pad to lose his off stump and go for a fourth ball duck.
Then James Hockley lasted only five deliveries before he shouldered arms to a full-length Amir in-swinger that moved back in to the right-hander to hit the base of off stump.
With the hardness going off the ball Kent“s fifth wicket pairing of Denly (54*) and James Goodman (22*), who is also making his first-class debut, rode their luck somewhat to post a 50 stand in 76 balls for the fifth wicket.
Just before the interval Denly reached his half-century in fortunate manner. Driving hard at one from Wahab Riaz he edged just over the head of Salman Butt at first slip, who appeared to lose it in the background, for a four to third man that posted a 60-ball 50 with eight boundaries.