Stevens sparkles at Canterbury

Thursday 22nd August 2013

Men’s First Team

Stevens sparkles at Canterbury

Darren Stevens recorded his fourth century of the LV= County Championship campaign as Kent piled on the runs against Division Two rivals Gloucestershire on a rain-shortened second day.

Responding to Kent's 474 all out, the visitors went in at stumps on 80 without loss after 29 overs to trail by 394 at the mid-point of this 162nd Canterbury Cricket Week clash.

Stevens made light of the pressure to build on his overnight score of 98 not out.

Heavy morning showers had delayed Stevens and the resumption of Kent's first innings until umpires' inspections at 1.30pm and 2pm, play finally allowed play to start at 2.20pm.

The 37-year-old needed only two deliveries to reach his hundred by clipping a loose delivery from left-arm seamer David Payne to the ropes at square leg for the 18th boundary of a 127-ball ton.

His innings ended selflessly for 126 when – with his side needing seven runs for a fifth batting bonus point and with only four balls remaining before the 110-over cut-off – Stevens top-edged an attempted pull against Benny Howell to be caught by Michael Klinger at short extra cover.

Home skipper James Tredwell followed in the next over for a season's best 48 when he steered a Craig Miles leg-cutter to Chris Dent at second slip to make it 399 for eight.

With useful double-figure contributions throughout the tail, including an unbeaten 44 by Calum Haggett, Kent reached 474 before last man Charlie Shreck lost his leg stump just after 4.30pm.

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