Tredwell strikes before tea but Tunbridge Wells clash heads for a draw

Sunday 6th June 2010

James Tredwell turned one through the back-footdefensive stroke of Mark Wagh

Kent v Nottinghamshire LV= County Championship Division 1, Day four in Tunbridge Wells
By Mark Pennell
Kent look set to hold County Championship leaders Nottinghamshire to a hard fought draw after the visitors went into the game“s final session at The Nevill on 138 for two and a slight overall lead of 30.
Batting again after Kent had reached 570 for a first inning s lead of 108, Nottinghamshire lost promising opening batsman Alex Hales (16) in the six overs through to lunch when the tall right-hander pulled a short one from Coles into the hands of 12th man Warren Lee at deep mid-wicket.
Then, after a second wicket stand of 103 in 36 overs, No3 batsman Mark Wagh (34) played back to a turning ball from James Tredwell and squeezed the ball through bat and pad and onto off stump to make it 125 for two.
Makeshift opening bat Samit Patel marched on regardless to post his first half-century of the summer from 110 balls with seven fours and a six and was still there at tea, unbeaten on 59 together with David Hussey (15*).
At the start of the day 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.
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.