Kent lose five wickets in dismal start to day two against Derbyshire

Friday 31st July 2009

Rob Key fell in the fifth over of the dayasDerbyshire hit back

Kent v Derbyshire LV County Championship Division 2, Day two, Canterbury.
By Mark Pennell
KENT suffered a disappointing start to the second day of this top-of-the-table clash as second placed Derbyshire took five wickets in the morning session to reduce the hosts to 135 for six.
Responding to Derbyshire“s first day total of 303 all out, Kent resumed on a promising 49 for one but continued to lose wickets at regular intervals as left-arm seamer Graham Wagg took three and Tim Groenewald two as Kent added a meagre 86 runs.
The first casualty of the day was home skipper Rob Key who, having reached 25, followed one going across him from Wagg to nick to keeper Freddie Klokker.
His replacement Martin van Jaarsveld enjoyed a life when on six after Wagg downed a low return catch on his follow-through, but the South African failed to capitalise and fell to Wagg with his score on 12 after mistiming a drive to Wavell Hinds at short extra cover.
Only 11 runs later Darren Stevens (8) followed a Groenewald leg-cutter to edge to second slip then Geraint Jones (23) drove at a wide one to go the same way and give Groenewald two wickets in three balls.
Sixth-wicket partners Justin Kemp and James Tredwell almost made it through to lunch unscathed but, with five balls to go until the break, Kemp jumped across his stumps in trying to work Wagg through mid-wicket only to leave leg stump exposed and be bowled around his legs and Kent went in still trailing by 168 runs.