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Stevens strikes with the final delivery to stall Warwickshire’s fight back

Wednesday 5th May 2010

Golden arm Darren Stevens dismissed Jim Troughton in the day’s final over

Kent v Warwickshire LV= County Championship Division 1, Day 3.
By Mark Pennell
Darren Stevens struck with the last ball of the day to claim a fourth Warwickshire scalp but otherwise Wickets and boundaries were hard to come by on a fluctuating third day at St Lawrence where the visitors batted their way into the ascendancy and will go into the final day with a lead of 131 runs.
Having faced a first innings deficit of 127, Warwickshire reached 258 for four courtesy of three stoical knocks by captain Ian Westwood (68) and England Test batsmen Ian Bell (95) and Jonathan Trott (65*).
Though they lost Darren Maddy to the 15 ball of their reply Warwickshire batted with far more resolve second time around.
After scoring three from four balls Maddy padded up to an Amjad Khan off-cutter that held its line up the St Lawrence slope to go leg before and make it three for one.
That brought together Westwood and Bell for a gritty second wicket stand of 157 in 55 overs that overhauled the deficit and took their side into a slight lead before Ken finally broke through three overs from tea through occasional off-spinner Martin van Jaarsveld.
Having batted almost three hours for his 68 with seven fours, Westwood was pinned on the crease by a quick arm-ball to go leg before and make it 160 for two.
Bell“s painstaking 182-ball stay with 10 boundaries ended two overs after the break when he moved back and across in defence to a shooting off-cutter from Amjad Khan to also fall lbw.
For much of the day Warwickshire“s batsmen appeared hell bent on making amends for their first innings misdemeanours. Content to work the ball around into the gaps, they went 41.4 overs without scoring a boundary and needed 32.1 overs to score the 50 runs that took them to 200.
Trott took almost two hours to post his dogged half-century, finally reaching the milestone with four boundaries four overs from stumps, but he lost fourth-wicket partner Jim Troughton (24) to the last ball of the day when the left-hander sparred at a Darren Stevens bouncer to be caught behind.