Stevens and Khan have Lancashire on the run

Tuesday 17th August 2010

Amjad Khanhad Mark Chilton caught at second slip

Kent v Lancashire LV= County Championship Division One, day one in Canterbury.
By Mark Pennell

A spectacular three-wicket return by Darren Stevens helped transform a sedate first session into a thrilling one as Kent recovered from a lethargic start to take four Lancashire wickets.
By lunch the red rose county had reached 80 for four after electing to bat first with Gareth Cross (15) and Steven Croft (9) still at the wicket after Kent reaped four wickets for one run in 31 balls – including a burst by Stevens of three for nought in 13 deliveries.
After a first-wicket stand worth 55 in 18 overs, Lancashire lost both openers to the medium-pace of Stevens who bowled a tidy stint down the Nackington Road slope.
After waiting 71 minutes for their opening breakthrough they then started to come along like London buses once Lancashire“s left-hander, Tom Smith, went for 32 off 57 balls and with seven fours.
Reaching to cut a wide, slower ball from Stevens, Smith failed to roll his wrists on the stroke and Matt Coles ran in five yards at deep backward point to claim a comfortable catch.
The hosts should have been celebrating once again soon after when Mark Chilton, yet to get off the mark, fenced at one from Khan only for Martin van Jaarsveld at second slip to down a low chance.
In Stevens next over, Paul Horton“s 60-ball stay ended for 16 with an edged push drive against Stevens that flew through to Geraint Jones and make it 56 for two.
Stevens then ran one away from Shivnarine Chanderpaul to feather the edge, give Jones another regulation catch and send the former West Indies“ skipper packing for a first ball duck.
Chilton“s tortuous 17-ball stay also ended without a run to his name when he followed a lifting leg-cutter from Khan and steered to second slip where van Jaarsveld this time pocketed a waist-high chance.
Kent went into the game with only one front-line spinner in the form of James Tredwell, after preferring the all-round capabilities of Alex Blake to the wrist- spin of overseas signing Malinga Bandara.
Kent team: Denly, Key, Northeast, van Jaarsveld, Jones, Stevens, Tredwell, Coles, Blake, Cook, Khan.