Warwickshire wrap up shock win after Kent collapse

Thursday 6th May 2010

Martin van Jaarsveld was top-scorer in a losing cause

Kent v Warwickshire LV= County Championship Division 1, Day 4
By Mark Pennell
Kent lost their last seven wickets for 42 runs to crash to a 44-run defeat to Warwickshire on an action packed final day at St Lawrence.
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.
The fourth wicket partners looked at ease in adding 63 in 18 overs, but then Northeast (26) went leg before to Imran Tahir (4-27) and Martin van Jaarsveld (59) fell in the same manner to spark the remarkable collapse.
James Hockley (1) fell four balls later after having his off stump trimmed yet Kent still only needed 70 from the last 20 overs with four wickets in hand.
Darren Stevens and Matt Coles holed out into the deep, Simon Cook became the last of the 17 leg before victims in the match and home debutant Makhaya Ntini had his middle stump removed for a third ball duck as Warwickshire wrapped up their remarkable victory.
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 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 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 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.
Naqaash and Imran Tahir both failed to trouble the scorers thereafter, Naqaash nicked an attempted cut shot off van Jaarsveld to slip and Imran lost his leg stump to Cook after flailing and missing.