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Kent v Derbyshire: White six-wicket haul turns tables on Kent

Monday 8th June 2015

Men’s First Team

Derbyshire turned the tables as they coasted to 169 for one by stumps in pursuit of 232 for victory, at the mid-point of this action-packed LV= County Championship encounter with Kent in Canterbury.

Having been skittled out for 86 in the opening session today, Derbyshire dismissed Kent over for 112 as Wayne White recorded career-best figures of six for 25 in only 9.4 overs.

Needing only a further 63 for victory, the East Midlands county are now firm favourites to secure their second success of the campaign.

After banking a first innings lead of 119, Kent had appeared in charge as they approached lunch on 63 for one, but a dramatic collapse – sparked by the run out of top-scorer Daniel Bell-Drummond – saw the hosts lose their last nine wickets for 49 runs within 18 overs either side of the interval.

Bowling down the Nackington Road slope, White darted in with greater vim and vigour to run through the home middle order as only Bell-Drummond (45), Rob Key (18) and Kent’s last man out Sam Northeast (29) – reached double figures.

Starting the game’s fourth and final innings by 3.03pm on only the second day of the match, Derbyshire lost a wicket to the fifth delivery when Matt Coles snared Ben Slater (2) lbw. But sanity and a more intelligent approach to batting prevailed thereafter, on what is a blameless surface.

Chesney Hughes (82*), together with his skipper and fellow left-hander Billy Godleman (61*), dug in throughout the final session playing each ball on its merits – a knack hitherto unseen in this frenetic match – to post the game’s first century stand.

Hughes hit eight fours in his 90-ball half-century, as did Godleman who faced seven more deliveries to reach the milestone as the pair moved their partnership on serenely . As if to rub salt in Kentish wounds, the hosts lost seamer Calum Haggett late in the day with a side strain.

After 17 wickets had tumbled on day one, Kent’s rookie fast bowler Ivan Thomas re-set the frenetic tone by mopping up Derbyshire’s three remaining first-innings wickets in his first three overs of day two.

The 23-year-old right-armer had Tom Poynton (19) caught at mid-wicket , Tom Taylor (1) caught in the cordon at third slip after he followed a lifting leg-cutter, then Tony Palladino (27) gloved an attempted hook to give Kent’s understudy wicketkeeper Davies his maiden first-class catch behind the stumps.