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Stevens misses double hundred but Kent build a lead of 108 at The Nevill

Sunday 6th June 2010

Darren Stevens fell just three short of the third double hundred of his career

Kent v Nottinghamshire LV= County Championship Division 1, Day four in Tunbridge Wells
By Mark Pennell
Darren Stevens missed out on the third double hundred of his career by only three runs as Kent built a first innings lead of 108 on the final day of a probable draw at The Nevill.
Stevens had reached 197 when he drove loosely outside off stump against Andre Adams to edge low to wicketkeeper Chris Read and bring an end to his magnificent 238- ball stay with 24 fours and a brace of sixes.
Resuming on their overnight score of 478 for six, Kent another 92 despite losing Matt Coles (22) to the sixth over of the day when Adams went around the wicket and rushed one past the left-hander“s drive to pluck out middle stump.
Adams picked up his first five-wicket haul for Nottinghamshire with the prized scalp of Stevens then Paul Franks wrapped up the innings by taking the final two wickets.
He ended a ninth-wicket stand between Simon Cook (26*) and Malinga Bandara (29) when the latter holed out to long-on then polished the job off by pegging back the off stump of last man Amjad Khan (5) with Kent on 570 all out.
In the six overs through to lunch Nottinghamshire lost promising opening batsman Alex Hales (16) when the tall right-hander pulled a short one from Coles into the hands of 12th man Warren Lee at deep mid-wicket.