Rogers takes second ton off Kent as Derbyshire hit back

Wednesday 2nd September 2009

Amjad Khan served up a string of bouncers

Derbyshire v Kent LV County Championship Division 2, Day two. Derby
By Mark Pennell in Derby
STRONG crosswinds made for tough bowling conditions at the Old Racecourse Ground on Thursday when an indifferent display by the Kent attack allowed hosts Derbyshire to post a useful reply to Kent“s first innings.
Derbyshire openers Chris Rogers and Wayne Madsen compiled an unbroken opening stand worth 186 in 51 overs either side of tea to cut Kent“s first innings lead to only 95 as Rob Key“s side suffered a bad day in the office.
Australian left-hander Chris Rogers finished unbeaten on 116 having scored a 130-ball ton, a feat he celebrated by upper-cutting a bumper from Amjad Khan for six over third man.
At the other end compact South African Wayne Madsen chipped in with an unbeaten 65 as the pair posted Derbyshire“s first century opening stand of the season against some wayward Kent bowling.
Khan“s 12 wicket-less overs leaked 51 while rookie Phil Edwards tended to over-pitch and conceded 40 in only five overs as Derbyshire added 156 in the day“s final session.
After overnight rain delayed Thursday“s start until 12.35pm, Kent proceeded to lose their last five wickets for 49 runs in testing second-day conditions as promotion-chasing Derbyshire hit back through on-loan seamer Steffan Jones.
Jones, who started the 2009 campaign with Kent while also on loan from Somerset, caused most of the damage with an excellent return of five for 35 as Kent succumbed inside 84 overs for 281 to miss a third batting bonus point by 19 runs.
Wednesday“s century-maker Geraint Jones added only a single to his 107 before going to the sixth ball of the day from Tom Lumley, a spiteful lifter that took the splice of the bat and flew to slip.
Alex Blake (44) drove at a wide one from Jones to see Garry Park pull off a fine diving catch to his right at backward point then Simon Cook (2) chipped back a return catch to left-arm spinner Graham Wagg.
Amjad Khan (0) wafted across the line when aiming to flick through mid-wicket to go leg-before to Tim Groenewald then last man Phil Edwards (5) gloved an attempted hook against Jones to the keeper leaving James Tredwell high and dry on 22 not out.
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