Mahmood takes first of three Somerset wickets to fall

Monday 2nd August 2010

Azhar Mahmood took the prized scalp of Marcus Trescothick

Kent v Somerset LV= County Championship Division One, Day One, at Canterbury.

By Mark Pennell

Kent made a bright start to their Canterbury Cricket Week clash with title-chasing Somerset by reducing the visitors to 91 for three after 29 overs.
The county“s front line seamers shared the wickets while Malaysian opening bat Arul Suppiah anchored the visitor“s innings with an unbeaten 45 through to the first lunch interval of the game.
Having named an unchanged side to the line up that beat Essex on Sunday, Kent were made to bowl first on a warm morning after Rob Key lost the toss.
However, it was the home side who were soon celebrating with the wicket of former England opener and Somerset captain Marcus Trescothick to the 13th ball of the day from Azhar Mahmood.
Fencing in defence at one that held its line up the slope, Trescothick (5) edged low to third slip where Darren Stevens held a sharp low chance to make it six for one.
Mahmood gave way at the Pavilion End after a stint of 7-3-23-1 to Simon Cook who struck with his first delivery of the day by removing Zander de Bruyn for 23.
The Dutch right-hander“s airy drive away from the body resulted in the ball brushing the outside edge on its way through to Geraint Jones. De Bruyn practiced an altogether straighter shot, the one he should have played, before marching off with the score on 50 for two.
He was replaced by the promising Jos Butler who, having failed to get off the mark after 14 minutes at the crease, played down late on an Amjad Khan yorker that got through to feather off stump and make is 59 for three.
James Hildreth had reached nine when he enjoyed a life. Driving hard at Khan he got a thick edge to fourth slip only to see Azhar Mahmood drop a stinging opportunity at fourth slip.
Kent team: Key, Denly, Northeast, van Jaarsveld, Jones, Stevens, Tredwell, Mahmood, Bandara, Cook, Khan. 12th man: Coles.
Photo: Sarah Ansell