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Kent v Leicestershire: Coles takes four wickets on day one

Sunday 3rd May 2015

Men’s First Team

Matt Coles took four wickets and Adam Riley dismissed Leicestershire skipper Mark Cosgrove but not before the Australian hit his first century of the summer to help the visitors recover from a sticky start in a rain-affected opening day.

Early showers delayed the start of the first home game of the LV= County Championship campaign until 2pm, with the loss of 29 overs.

Rob Key's decision to field first paid immediate dividends when Matt Coles struck with his second ball of the match to remove Angus Robson.

Fishing outside off stump, Robson nicked to third slip where Sam Northeast pouched a comfortable catch.

Coles struck again six overs later to make it 31 for two by trapping Matt Boyce (17) leg before as he pushed defensively from the crease.

The left-hander Cosgrove featured in a third-wicket stand worth 118 in 29.1 overs in tandem with Ned Eckersley.

The pair both reached half-centuries: Eckersley scored a 74-ball 50 and captain Cosgrove reached 50 from 66 balls before Coles swapped to the Pavilion End to trap Eckersley (67) leg before with a full-length off-cutter.

Cosgrove was dropped on 48 before reaching three figures from 121 balls, with 11 fours and a straight six.

Former Worcestershire batsman Neil Pinner helped post a century stand with Cosgrove but their stand partnership ended at 115 when Cosgrove danced down the pitch and wastefully lofted a catch to substitute fielder Matt Hunn at long-off.

Coles returned for a fourth spell to claim a fourth scalp when Pinner (68) sparred outside off stump at a lifting delivery to edge through to his Kent counterpart Sam Billings.

Coles, who rejoined Kent in March after his release by Hampshire, finished the day with four for 68 as Leics posted 300-5.

The Maidstone-born all rounder said: “It wasn’t the best day at the office for our boys today. We needed to attack the top of off stump far more and just didn’t hit the right areas during the course of the day.

“We need to collect our thoughts overnight and come back tomorrow and finish the job with as little damage as possible in terms of runs conceded.”

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