Kent suffer Saturday collapse and lose by 121 runs to Lancashire

Friday 20th August 2010

Darren Stevens scored ony three before edging to the keeper

Kent v Lancashire LV= County Championship Division One, day four in Canterbury.
By Mark Pennell

Kent slumped to a 121-run defeat to Lancashire after losing their last eight wickets for 120 runs in a session and nine balls at a murky St Lawrence on Saturday.
After losing seven in the first session, including a dismal spell four for three in 27 balls, the hosts went into lunch on 217 for nine with last pairing Simon Cook (10) and Amjad Khan (0) at the crease.
Nine balls after the re-start and without addition, Cook slog swept at Keedy only to be caught at deep mid-wicket and gift Lancashire their 21-point win. Kent bank only four points from this their fifth defeat of the season.
Resuming on their overnight score of 84 for two and in pursuit of an unlikely victory target of 339, Kent added 13 runs before the start of their nightmare slide against the twin seam threat of Tom Smith and Glen Chapple.
Red Rose skipper Chapple was first to strike, running one down the Canterbury slope and away from right-hander Martin van Jaarsveld who edged to Paul Horton at slip to make it 97 for three.
In the next over Sam Northeast (18) went back and across his stumps to Smith only to work across the line and go leg before then, in his next over Smith got one to lift sharply at Geraint Jones (0) who feathered a catch to his counterpart Luke Sutton.
Without addition to the score Darren Stevens followed a Chapple leg-cutter to give Sutton another catch and leave Kent floundering on 100 for six.
Lancashire, in search of only their second win in Canterbury since 1936, struck again after 42 overs through Smith when Alex Blake, chopping down late on a short one, played the ball onto the base of off stump.
Kent saved face thereafter with a sprightly eighth-wicket stand of 72 in 63 balls between left-handers James Tredwell and Matt Coles (51) that at least took the game into its penultimate session.
Coles raced to his maiden half-century for the county from 41 balls and with six fours but, two deliveries after raising his bat, the 20-year-old miscued a slog sweep against Gary Keedy straight into the hands of Sajid Mahmood at deep mid-wicket.
In the over before lunch, Tredwell, having hit five boundaries to take Kent beyond 200, danced past one from Keedy to be stumped by a yard.
Photo: Sarah Ansell