Van Jaarsveld and Northeast edge Kent toward opening win

Thursday 6th May 2010

Vice captain Martin van Jaarsveld went in at tea on 48 not out

Kent v Warwickshire LV= County Championship Division 1, Day 4
By Mark Pennell
Kent were edging toward their first LV= Championship win of the summer at St Lawrence on Friday as they reached 96 for three at the tea interval needing only another 105 to win in a minimum of 35 overs.
Martin van Jaarsveld went in at the interval unbeaten on 48 while Sam Northeast kept him company with 13 not out – the pair having added 45 for the fourth wicket thus far.
Needing 201 in the 68 overs remaining in the game, Kent lost the wicket of Joe Denly to the second ball of the reply and were three down with only 51 on the board
Joe Denly played over a full-length ball from Chris Woakes and lost his middle stump to go for a second-bal duck then, shortly after lunch Geraint Jones (12) followed one outside off stump to edge to Tom Ambrose off the same bowler.
Home skipper Rob Key held up an end for 67 minutes for his 22 but he was then forced onto the back foot by Rikki Clarke and dismissed leg before after the ball shot through to strike him on the pads and bring together van Jaarsveld and Northeast.
At the start of the day Kent dismissed Ian Westwood“s side for 327, taking their last six wickets for 68 inside 27 overs with Simon Cook and Amjad Khan doing the damage; the pair claimed three for 47 and three for 63 respectively.
Resuming on their overnight score of 258 for four, Warwickshire were on the slide within three overs when Matt Coles snared Jonathan Trott (66) with a shooting off-cutter.
In the next over Rikki Clarke (4) went in similar fashion to Cook, then Woakes (11) drove airily at Amjad Khan“s first ball of the day to pick out James Hockley at backward point.
Neil Carter“s power hitting took Warwickshire beyond 300, but wickets continued to fall as Ambrose jumped across in defence at an in-ducker from Cook to become the 13th LBW victim of the game.
Naqaash and Imran Tahir both failed to trouble the scorers thereafter, Naqaash nicked an attempted cut shot off Martin van Jaarsveld to slip and Imran lost his leg stump to Cook after flailing and missing.