Kent claim two wickets in six balls to peg back Yorkshire progress

Friday 23rd April 2010

James Tredwell finally removed Joe Sayers to a catch at slip

Kent v Yorkshire LV= County Championship Division 1, Day 4
By Mark Pennell
Kent took two wickets in the space of six balls in the mid-session to unsettle Yorkshire“s hopes of chasing an unlikely last day target of 392 in 91 overs on Saturday“s final day of a fluctuating four-day game in Canterbury.
On a flat pitch and in ideal batting conditions, Yorkshire“s openers Adam Lyth (84) and Joe Sayers (61) suffered few alarms either side of lunch in posting 155 in 49 overs to starve Kent of success.
Lyth appeared to give one tough chance when on 30, a thick outside edge off Darren Stevens hitting the outer edges of Geraint Jones“s gloves when stood up to the stumps, but 54 runs on the left-hander“s attempts to glance a delivery from James Hockley resulted in a leg-side catch for Geraint Jones.
Without addition to the score and in the very next over, his opening partner Joe Sayers followed a turning ball from James Tredwell and steered it gently into the hands of martin van Jaarsveld at first slip to make it 155 for two.
England all-rounder Tim Bresnan survived a king pair when he nudged a single off the third ball he faced from Amjad Khan and was still there at tea with Anthony McGrath and power to add should the Tykes launch a last session bid for victory. The visitors dined with their total on 187 for two, they still need a further 205 at a rate of 6.8 per over.
At the start, Kent batted on for 17 minutes of the morning session in adding 30 to their overnight score before Rob Key“s declaration, which was sparked by the loss of their eighth wicket, Azhar Mahmood.
The former Pakistan Test all-rounder reached 18 from 24 balls before he missed a wild mow at a full-ball from Ajmal Shahzad and lost his leg stump with Kent“s total on 357 for eight. It left James Tredwell unbeaten on 72 when Key called time on the innings.