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Jones and Key dig in as Kent face an up-hill battle in Derby

Thursday 3rd September 2009

Sam Northeast was the only Kent casualty late on day three

Derbyshire v Kent LV County Championship Division 2, Day three. Derby
By Mark Pennell
KENT will be required to bat throughout most of Saturday“s final day in Derby if they are to prevent the promotion-chasing hosts from winning this LV County Championship top-of-the-table clash.
Having conceded a massive first innings deficit of 302, Division 2 leaders Kent reached 44 for one in the 14 overs through to stumps on Friday night and will need to be a their batting best on the fourth and final day if they are to stave off a third defeat of the campaign.
Their only second innings casualty thus far is Sam Northeast (6), who went in the third over of the reply when cutting a wide one from Tom Lumley straight to Greg Smith in the gulley.
Rob Key (17*) and in-form Geraint Jones (15*) survived through to the close and will need to extend their partnership well into day four if Kent are leave the East Midlands with a draw.
Derbyshire lost only one wicket in each of Friday“s opening two sessions as Kent“s weakened seam attack, without Wayne Parnell, Martin Saggers, Robbie Joseph, Azhar Mahmood and Ryan McLaren toiled without much reward at the Old Racecourse Ground.
The hosts cantered along at four-an-over throughout the morning session and, in the process, Rogers reached his 1,000 runs for the season.
Kent“s first success came the 10th over of the day when, with only his third ball of the morning, Amjad Khan ran one away from Wayne Madsen (75) and brushed the outside edge to give Geraint Jones a regulation catch behind the stumps to end an opening stand worth 216 in 62 overs.
The stand ranked equal ninth in Derbyshire“s list of highest opening partnerships in Championship history and was their biggest in nine years.
Australian-born opening bat Chris Rogers was the only casualty of the mid-session, finally going for 208 having secured a much-deserved double hundred from 274 balls with 26 fours and a six.
He went soon after celebrating the milestone, trapped leg before by a full-length in-ducker from Amjad Khan – the first ball of his new spell from the Old Grandstand End.
That ended a second-wicket stand with Garry Park that added 125 in 28 overs and left centre stage free from Park to go on and score his maiden hundred for Derbyshire off 170 balls and with 12 fours.
He reached three figures somewhat fortunately with a top-edged pull off Simon Cook that just eluded Sam Northeast at deep square leg to go to the boundary.
After tea Khan removed Smith (59) off a sliced drive that skied to Darren Stevens at point then Wavell Hinds (18) toe-ended a pull shot to mid-on where Justin Kemp took a good running catch to give Khan figures of four for 110.
Park then teamed up with John Sadler (24*) to add an unbroken 100 in 10 overs for the fifth wicket before Rogers declared just before 5pm with his side o 583 for four, their highest score of the summer and their best ever total against Kent.
Park“s unbeaten 178 from 221 balls represented a career-best as Kent“s attack mustered only 15 maidens in the 132-over innings.
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