Stevens romps to an unbeaten 181 before rain arrives in Tunbridge Wells

Saturday 5th June 2010

Darren Stevens and James Tredwell posted a new ground record stand for the sixth wicket

Kent v Nottinghamshire LV= County Championship Division 1, Day 3 at Tunbridge Wells.
By Mark Pennell
A magnificent unbeaten 181 by Darren Stevens took Kent into a commanding position when rain and lightning arrived at the Nevill on Sunday afternoon to halt play with Kent on 478 for six.
Responding to Nottinghamshire“s impressive first innings 462, Kent moved into a 16-run lead courtesy of a Nevill Ground sixth-wicket record stand worth 270 between Stevens an James Tredwell (115).
The pair beat the 58-year-old record of Dickie Mayes and Bill Murray-Wood of 233 scored here against Sussex in 1952 and helped take Kent into the lead just before 3pm.
Stevens scorched to his fourth hundred of the championship campaign from 105 balls and with 17 fours, then Tredwell joined him in three figures from 194 deliveries for his first ton of 2010.
The partnership came to an end in the 121st over when Tredwell, advancing down the pitch to drive at Nottinghamshire“s debutant spinner Graeme White, clipped a return catch to the bowler.
Storm clouds and heavy showers arrived soon after to drive the players from the field for an early tea.
Photo: Sarah Ansell