Key and Northeast fall in final session

Tuesday 17th August 2010

Darren Stevens tookthree for 33 from the Nackington Road End

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

Kent secured maximum bowling bonus points after dismissing Lancashire for 266 but closed day one on 53 for two after an engaging first day that saw 12 wickets fall at sunny St Lawrence.
The Kent reply started soon after 5pm, but neither Joe Denly of Rob Key looked comfortable in the early exchanges, indeed both enjoyed let offs.
Denly was caught in the cordon off a Sajid Mahmood no ball and Key was dropped at second slip off Glenn Chapple when on nought.
Key reached eight before Chapple had his revenge then, six runs later, Sam Northeast walked across the line when working to leg to fall lbw for a fourth-ball duck to the same bowler.
Denly rode his luck to reach 32 at stumps and will go into the second day in tandem with Martin van Jaarsveld (3*).
Batting first after winning the toss, Lancashire posted a first-wicket stand worth 55 in 18 overs but their innings unravelled thereafter as Darren Stevens bagged three for 33 and Amjad Khan, Simon Cook and Matt Coles took two apiece.
After waiting 71 minutes for their opening breakthrough Kent successes started to arrive like London buses once Lancashire“s left-hander, Tom Smith, went for 32 off 57 balls and with seven fours.
Reaching to cut a wide, slower ball from Stevens, Smith failed to roll his wrists on the stroke and Matt Coles ran in five yards at deep backward point to claim a comfortable catch.
In Stevens next over, Paul Horton“s 60-ball stay ended for 16 with an edged push drive against Stevens that flew through to Geraint Jones and make it 56 for two.
Stevens then ran one away from Shivnarine Chanderpaul to feather the outside edge, give Jones another regulation catch and send the former West Indies“ skipper packing for a first ball duck.
Chilton“s 17-ball stay also ended without a run to his name when he followed a lifting leg-cutter from Khan and steered to second slip where van Jaarsveld this time pocketed a waist-high chance to make it 80 for four at lunch.
Although Kent claimed a further four wickets after lunch, dominance of the mid-session was shared thanks to contrasting half-centuries from Croft and Sajid Mahmood.
Croft reached the landmark in 71 balls, while Mahmood, with his side deep in trouble, got there in 44 balls with five fours and three sixes to dent Kent progress.
The session started well for Rob Key“s side when Gareth Cross (30) aimed to leg against Simon Cook to go lbw then Luke Sutton (13) miscued a pull shot to substitute fielder Phil Edwards at mid-wicket.
Glen Chapple, who often scores vital runs against Kent, scored just a single before he nicked a ball from James Tredwell to slip then Croft“s airy drive against Cook flew to Alex Blake at cover to make it 219 for eight.
Soon after tea, Mahmood“s fun ended with his score on 60 from 55 balls when he steered a good delivery from Khan to Tredwell at slip then Coles finished things off by having Gary Keedy (5) caught by the same fielder.

Picture: SarahAnsell