Stevens claims four for 34 at Cardiff

Tuesday 3rd September 2013

Men’s First Team

Stevens claims four for 34 at Cardiff

Glamorgan batsman Ben Wright was the only man to reach a landmark as 15 wickets fell on the first day of Kent's LV= County Championship Division Two clash against Glamorgan at the Swalec Stadium.

Wright claimed the lone half-century on a day for the bowlers which saw Kent's Darren Stevens claiming figures of four for 34 in 15 overs including the first three wickets to fall.

He helped reduce Glamorgan, who won the toss, to 158 all out in 60 overs before Kent reached 102 for five by the close, trailing by 56 runs.

That was after Australian seamer Michael Hogan bowled both openers, Sam Northeast and Rob Key, to claim his 56th and 57th victims of the season.

And the next two wickets to fall were also bowled as Brendan Nash and Ben Harmison had their defences breached by 19-year-old debutant Ruadhri Smith and Mike Reed respectively.

Daniel Bell-Drummond, who finished the day on 41 not out, and Stevens took Kent from 38 for four to 94 for four before he became Hogan's third victim edging to second slip.

Earlier Stevens struck three times in his opening five overs to demolish the top order.

First he broke through Gareth Rees' defences before having Will Bragg caught behind by Geraint Jones and he continued his productive spell by dismissing Chris Cooke, caught by Harmison, to leave Glamorgan 52 for three.

Glamorgan reached lunch at 64 for three but three overs after the interval Charlie Shreck bagged the crucial wicket of Murray Goodwin, who had scored 178 against Leicestershire a fortnight ago. He went caught at short extra cover by Northeast.

Glamorgan reached the 100-mark in the 39th over but Jim Allenby became the fifth Glamorgan victim caught behind off an inside-edge from Mark Davies.

And 102 for five became 127 for six when skipper Mark Wallace miscued a pull to midwicket.

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While Wright edged towards an impressive half-century, the wickets kept falling at the other end as Smith edged Calum Haggett behind.

Wright brought up his 50 from 91 deliveries before he too departed lbw to Adam Riley's off spin, which accounted for Hogan two balls later.

The innings ended when Stevens claimed his fourth victim to have Reed lbw.