LV=CC: Yorkshire v Kent match preview

Sunday 12th September 2010

Yorkshire v Kent
LV=County Championship – Division One
Monday, 13 September – Thursday, 16 September 2010. 10.30 start daily
Headingley Carnegie, Leeds

The final game of the 2010 domestic campaign has arrived for Kent, and it couldn“t get any bigger, as Rob Key“s men travel to Headingley to take on Yorkshire in a game they must win if they stand any chance of securing their LV=CC division one survival.

Yorkshire, on the other hand, need to record a comprehensive win to give themselves a chance of taking the title in the last-round of games as they currently lie in third place, seven points off the top.

Kent face a tough battle. They are 15 points from safety, behind Warwickshire, with the Bears taking on Hampshire – who are now safe after they claimed a last-gasp win over Kent at Canterbury last week.

Form wise there is no doubt the Tykes have the edge, as they brushed aside league-leaders Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge last week, claiming victory by five wickets. The home side were always on the back-foot as they were skittled for just 59 in their first innings as Ajmal Shahzad and Oliver Hannon-Dalby shared eight wickets for Yorkshire. In reply a fine unbeaten 151 from skipper Andrew Gale saw them through to 264 all-out as they took a healthy lead. Notts fought back however as they made 413 in their second innings to set the visitors a target of 209. Despite a small wobble a fifth wicket stand of 97 between Jonathan Bairstow (63*) and Gerard Brophy (41) saw them home to a crucial win.

For Kent, they fell at the hands of Hampshire in their last outing at Canterbury last week as they lost their final wicket just five minutes before the end of the game to be defeated by 130 runs. It started well for the home side as Malinga Bandara“s 4-42 helped bundle Dominic Cork“s side out for 204 first-up. However, in reply, Kent failed to capitalise as a batting collapse saw them bowled out for 182. Joe Denly (42) and Martin van Jaarsveld (41) got in but never pushed on.

Hampshire then went on to set Kent an improbable target, as they made 355 for nine in their second-innings. James Vince, Liam Dawson, Michael Carberry and Jimmy Adams all posted fifties whilst Bandara took his match tally to eight.

With Kent needing to bat out two and a half sessions to claim a draw, Sam Northeast gave them hope with a stoic 71 from 186 balls, but they kept losing wickets at regular intervals and, in the end, it was left to Bandara and Simon Cook to see out the day. However in the penultimate over, Adams pouched a fine catch at short-leg off the bowling of James Tomlinson to take out Cook as Hampshire claimed a 160 run win to see them through to safety and leave Kent“s survival hopes in the balance.

Team director Paul Farbrace has named the same 12-man squad that participated last week at Canterbury with Matt Coles and Cook taking part despite carry niggles.

Kent: Key (C), Denly, Northeast, van Jaarsveld, Jones (W), Stevens, Blake, Tredwell, Coles, Bandara, Cook, Nel