Kent claim three Derbyshire wickets before lunch

Thursday 30th July 2009

Simon Cook took the first wicket of the day with his sixth delivery

Kent v Derbyshire LV County Championship Division 2, Canterbury.
By Mark Pennell
Honours finished pretty much even after the opening session of this the first, four-day clash between these two counties at St Lawrence since July 2000 as Derbyshire went in at lunch on 100 for three.
Having won the toss and elected to bat first on a bright and breezy morning, Derbyshire posted 46 for the opening wicket before suffering their first loss when, with his sixth ball of the day, Simon Cook ran one back in off the seam to snare Wayne Madsen (3) leg before.
Cook should have celebrated again two overs later when he found the outside edge of left-hander Chris Rogers“ bat only for the chance to fly between keeper Geraint Jones and first slip Justin Kemp with neither man laying a hand on it as the ball flew for four to third man.
Rogers went on to reach an attractive half-century from 57 balls and with nine fours but, with his score on 53, he leant back to square-cut a long hop from Ryan McLaren obligingly into the hands of Joe Denly at cover.
Then, two overs before lunch, off-spinner James Tredwell struck with his first delivery of the day when Garry Park (11) nicked an arm ball low to slip where Kemp this time pocketed a sharp, low chance that made it 96 for three.
Kent made one change to their line up for the game, resting all-rounder Azhar Mahmood in favour of strike bowler Amjad Khan.