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Glamorgan v Kent: Coles and Stevens break resistance

Saturday 12th September 2015

Men’s First Team

Matt Coles celebrated his 100th wicket of the season after a Darren Stevens five-wicket haul ripped the heart out of Glamorgan’s resistance as Kent won by 316 runs in the LV= County Championship.

Despite losing a further 16 overs due to rain before lunch at Cardiff, Kent inflicted Glamorgan’s second biggest post-war defeat.

Colin Ingram’s century was the only positive note for the hosts as 39-year-old Stevens took four wickets in the morning session before grabbing a fifth in the afternoon to reach 60 Championship wickets, the best return of his long career.

The all-rounder triggered the collapse with a burst of 4-10 in 17 deliveries.

James Kettleborough was his first victim, bowled for 56, before Chris Cooke, Aneurin Donald and Graham Wagg were dismissed in quick succession.

Stevens also claimed his 60th victim of the season, his best return in the championship and another 26 in the NatWest T20 Blast (15) and Royal London One-Day Cup (11).

Two big batting performances from Kent's top order laid the foundation with Rob Key and Joe Denly finding some rich late-season form.

Key, since returning to the top of the order, has scored more than 500 runs at an average of more than 75 and here he played two fluent innings and an aggregate of 252 runs.

The club captain finished his second knock with a runner and sat out the final day with a hamstring injury, which will rule him out the final match of the season against Gloucestershire.

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The final game of Kent's season takes place at The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence on Monday (14 September) against Gloucestershire (10.30am start).

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