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Kent v Northants: Visitors complete innings victory

Thursday 6th August 2015

Kent were dismissed for 208 as the hosts lost on the third day of the LV= County Championship match against Northamptonshire at The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence.

Ben Sanderson took 4-44 as Kent were all out in 78 overs, picking up three bowling bonus points from the innings-and-23-run loss.

Rob Key led the resistance with 42 in more than three-and-a-half hours at the crease and added 54 with Joe Denly for the second wicket before Denly was dismissed.

Later, Sam Billings cracked seven fours in a fluent 43 and Matt Coles smashed a huge six in an unbeaten run-a-ball 20 before he ran out of partners and Northants picked up 23 points.

Kent skipper Sam Northeast said; “I thought Northamptonshire bowled really well on this pitch. There wasn’t much in it for our lads, but they got out of it what they could.

“A couple of us made starts in this match but nobody went on to play a match-defining knock. We all have to stick our hands up and say that wasn’t good enough.

“We have four games to go in this competition now. We need to look at our practice and how we’re going about things because there’s no denying that we’re very inconsistent.”

Alex Wakely, Northamptonshire’s delighted captain, said: “I’ve just said in our team meeting that I believe that to be the best collective bowling performance that I’ve ever witnessed by a Northants team.

“We barely bowled a bad ball throughout and really made life tough for a Kent batting line-up that is chock full of experienced players.

“I’m very proud of that performance considering we were missing the two spearheads of our attack. Stone and Azharullah were magnificent and Ben Sanderson has again proved a real asset. We’ve also given ourselves a valuable day off ahead of our T20 quarter final.”

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