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Khan claims two as Kent stride toward championship title

Tuesday 15th September 2009

Amjad Khan claimed two for 11 in the opening session against Leicestershire

Kent v Leicestershire LV County Championship, Division 2, Day two, Canterbury.
By Mark Pennell
A GREY, blustery but mercifully dry morning at St Lawrence saw Kent take further strides toward the second division title by taking four wickets in the first session of the game to reduce the visitors to 52 for four after 29 overs of the game.
After winning the toss and electing to field first, Kent managed to take wickets in testing conditions and despite some occasionally wayward bowling as skipper Rob Key turned to five bowlers in the two-hour session.
Opening bowler Amjad Khan took the first two wickets to fall in an eight-over stint of two for 11 from the Nackington Road End.
In the eighth over Khan pegged back the off-stump of right-hander Matt Boyce (8) via an inside edge then, four overs later, Khan had left-handed Paul Nixon held knee high at second slip by Martin van Jaarsveld at second slip of an edged defensive push.
Boeta Dippenaar watched from the other end as wickets continued to fall as Josh Cobb (8) played outside one from Ryan McLaren, playing his first game in six weeks, to go leg-before then, to the last over before lunch, James Taylor (6) missed a Simon Cook off-cutter to also go lbw as all four wickets fell from the Nackington Road End.
Dippenaar was unbeaten on 20 come the interval, he reached 1,000 championship runs for the season in the process.