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Lancashire v Kent: Coles, Riley and Claydon strike on day one at Old Trafford

Sunday 26th April 2015

Men’s First Team

Matt Coles took three wickets for Kent as Lancashire posted 317 for five on a good pitch on day one at Emirates Old Trafford.

The all-rounder (3-67 off 15 overs) struck with the last ball of the 60th over as the hosts' skipper Steven Croft (37) top-edged to an agile Adam Riley to end a useful 75-run stand with South African Ashwell Prince, who struck a fine 106.

Prince's innings came to an end in the evening sessions as he picked out sub fielder Charlie Hartley at cover off Mitch Claydon (1/67 off 22 overs).

Prince said: “It has been a good day. It is a good pitch and we tried to be positive. All in all we have to be happy with it, although if we were being really critical we would say one or two of us got out softly – and I would probably include myself in that.

“But at the start of the day we would have taken that. The most important thing is to try and make a contribution when you go out there. A lot of people make too much of reaching three figures.

"Today, we had one or two nice partnerships and we did last week too. That's the big thing. It is always easier to bat in partnerships rather than as individuals."

Riley himself claimed a wicket earlier in the afternoon session when opener Paul Horton (71) edged behind to England Lions colleague Sam Billings to break a 98-run partnership with Prince either side of lunch.

The Kent spinner said: “It was a tough day. It was a good wicket so it was a useful toss for them to have won. I thought we battled hard and created a few chances.

"On another day with a bit more luck we might have had them seven or eight down at the end. The scoreboard looks like it’s in favour of Lancashire but we have a key morning ahead of us tomorrow."

Ivan Thomas' 20 overs cost only 55 runs and he was unlucky not to take a wicket when Northeast appeared to take a catch at slip in the final over of the day.

Darren Stevens was the most economical of the bowlers with five maidens in 13 overs and Joe Denly had four overs with the old ball.

Earlier, Lancashire lost two wickets in two balls to take the sheen off what could have been a fine morning for the home side on the opening day of their LV= Division Two game against Kent at Emirates Old Trafford.

Regular skipper Tom Smith was ruled out by a back problem, leaving Croft to lead the side, and Lancashire’s vice-captain must have felt his decision to bat becoming ever more justified as Horton and Luis Reece put on 38 in nearly an hour’s cricket.

However, this serene progress came to sudden halt with the fourth ball of Matt Coles’s first over when Reece (18) fenced at a delivery he did not need to play and gave a catch to Darren Stevens at second slip.

Former South Africa batsman Alviro Petersen (0) was then dismissed first ball by Coles when he was caught down the legside by Sam Billings.

Each side made a change in selection: Brendan Nash returned to the Kent eleven and Lancashire's Jordan Clark made his first-class debut for Lancashire, in place of Smith.

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