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Denly misses out on a century as the Bears bag two great catches

Tuesday 4th May 2010

Joe Denly batted for a shade under four hours for his 95 with 11 boundaries

Kent v Warwickshire LV= County Championship Division 2, Day 2.
By Mark Pennell
Two stunning catches by Warwickshire fielders halted Kent“s excellent progress and denied Joe Denly and Martin van Jaarsveld milestones on day two at St Lawrence where the hosts went in at tea on 267 for five – a match lead of 17.
Kent lots two wickets in the mid-session, Denly five short of a maiden championship ton for 2010 and then van Jaarsveld, only three shy of a half-century.
Denly“s patient innings of 192 balls with 11 fours came to a surprise end when, with only his second ball of a new spell, Darren Maddy found an edge for Rikki Clarke to pull off a stunning one-handed catch away to his right at slip.
Barely 10 overs later van Jaarsveld followed when a turning ball from Imran Tahir grazed the inside edge and flew to short leg off the pad and this time it was Jonathan Trott who took a stunning left-handed catch under the helmet diving forward.
There were no more alarms thereafter as Sam Northeast (16) and Darren Stevens (10) took their side through to the tea interval with five wickets still intact.
Resuming on their overnight score of 43 for one, Kent made good progress in the first session of the day courtesy of a second wicket stand worth 89 in 23 overs between Denly and Matt Coles.
The pair ran superbly between the wickets and took toll of anything loose. Indeed, Coles enjoyed the shot of the morning when he rocked back to pull a marginally short ball from Chris Woakes for a six over mid-wicket that also raised the 50 partnership.
Coles edged past his career best of 40 during his 81-minute stay but, after four fours and a six, he was unlucky to go, strangled down the leg-side when attempting to glance Rikki Clarke“s first ball of the day from the Pavilion End.
Geraint Jones marched in to get off the mark with a spanking cover drive off Clarke, but the former Surrey man had his revenge soon after when Jones, in aiming to cut a wide one, simply picked out the fielder Woakes at third man.