Jones falls just before lunch as Kent battle for a Derby draw

Friday 4th September 2009

Geraint Jones scored a fluent 60

Derbyshire v Kent LV County Championship Division 2, Day four, Derby.
By Mark Pennell
KENT continued their battle to try and leave the East Midlands with a draw by losing only one wicket in the first session of Saturday“s fourth and final day against Derbyshire.
At lunch the visitors had reached 146 for two, to trail by 156, with Rob Key leading the rearguard action with an unbeaten 67. Martin van Jaarsveld had just joined him and was one not out at the break.
Kent“s only casualty of the morning session came after 42 overs, the 28th of the day when Geraint Jones fell for a stylish, counter-attacking 60 from 126 balls for his part in a second wicket stand of 133 in 39 overs.
The former England gloveman reached a fine 50 with a straight six off Graham Wagg as he had done in the first innings on his way to a century.
This time Jones posted his 50 from 96 balls, 42 runs came in boundaries, the rest made up from nine singles as he and Key looked in little or no trouble.
The introduction of part-time spinner Greg Smith made the difference, however, as he got one to bounce and take the top of the bat for Wayne Madsen to take a smart catch at short leg and make it 139 for two.