Tredwell bags eight in Glamorgan collapse

Friday 8th May 2009

Kent v Glamorgan, LV Championship Division 2, day four.
By Mark Pennell
OFF-SPINNER James Tredwell took career-best bowling figures of 8-66 to inspire Kent to a 204-run, last day win over Glamorgan that gives Rob Key“s side the leadership of the LV Championship second division table.
They were the best first-class bowling figures of the season to date giving Tredwell, who took three victims of the first innings, remarkable match figures of 11 for 120 and give Kent their victory with 17 overs to spare.
It completed an astonishing collapse by the Welsh who lost their last seven wickets for 41 runs in the space of 20.1overs to slip to their first defeat in three starts and give Kent their second successive win.
Having declared just before noon with their score on 409-5, Kent secured only one Welsh wicket through to the lunch interval and at that stage a positive result looked unlikely as Glamorgan went in on 43-1
Having been set a victory target of 385 in a minimum 84 overs at an asking rate of 4.57/ over, the visitors appeared to have their sights set solely on survival, but the loss of three for six in the space of 10 balls in the mid-session ignited Kent“s victory charge.
Kent remained patient after lunch, waiting 21 overs for their next breakthrough when Gareth Rees (25) nicked to Martin van Jaarsveld at slip to break a second-wicket stand worth 60 and give Tredwell his first scalp from the Pavilion End.
In his next over Tredwell enticed Michal Powell to drive, but the right-hander checked his shot, the ball flew back to Tredwell“s left and he held on to a stunning low one-handed chance.
Glamorgan skipper Jamie Dalrymple, averaging 100 before today, looked set for another big score until a rush of blood led to him top-edging an attempted sweep against Tredwell to pick out Steffan Jones on the ropes at deep square-leg.
Jones was then introduced by at the Nackington Road End and struck with his sixth ball by having Tom Maynard caught by Key in the rare leg-gulley position.
Then, just before tea, Tredwell had left-handed Mark Wallace athletically caught off a bat-pad chance by substitute fielder Simon Cook under the helmet at short-leg.
Wayne Parnell got in on the act after tea by having Robert Croft (7) caught behind off a vicious lifter, then Tredwell made it six when he clipped the top of David Harrison“s off stump as the tail-ender shouldered arms to a full-length arm ball.
Tredwell made it a career-best when Adam Shantry, driving at his first ball, nicked to slip when van Jaarsveld took a regulation catch. Though Garnett Kruger survived the hat-trick ball, in his next over Tredwell bowled top-scorer BenWright (81) off an inside edge from one that kept marginally low to seal the win.
It had been Tredwell“s introduction, initially at the Nackington Road End that gave Key“s side only breakthrough of the one-hour bowling stint through to lunch when, with only his sixth delivery, the off-spinner snared Michal O“Shea leg before for 25 to make it 39-1.
At the start of the day Kent lost van Jaarsveld for a season“s best 182 with 19 fours and two sixes, he went leg before to David Harrison to end a 268 minute stay. Then, in the quest for quick runs, Parnell (18) holed out to deep square-leg and soon after Key declared to give his bowlers 16 overs through to the lunch interval.