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Kent cricket coach Jimmy Adams says players want to build on first Championship win when they visit Derbyshire

By Alex Hoad

Jimmy Adams says now their first win of the season is out of the way, Kent’s players want to build on it at Derby this weekend.

Jimmy Adams plotting the way ahead for Kent. Picture: Barry Goodwin.
Jimmy Adams plotting the way ahead for Kent. Picture: Barry Goodwin.

Kent beat Surrey by eight wickets at the Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence, yesterday (Wednesday) afternoon to climb into the top half of LV= County Championship, Division 2.

It was the first time Kent had claimed maximum points in a game since July 2012 and the clash saw both the batting and bowling units excel.

Adams said: “I am happy. We got that first win on the back of performances. It’s the first time this season we’ve seen batting and bowling partnerships consistently over four days.

“We had hundreds, which make a difference and bring confidence, we scored over 400 for the first time this season and teams pick up on that. It helps bring positivity.

“We’ve seen signs of what is possible, hopefully we can keep getting better.”

He added: “It’s always easier once the first one is out of the way. We can reflect on where we were strong, the difference between winning and not winning.

“It’s great to have that benchmark. Instead of saying ‘this is what we want to do,’ you say ‘let’s repeat or better that’ – it’s good having that yardstick to measure yourself against.

“There are areas we can improve on but the lads did brilliantly. They deserve to celebrate but the big challenge is to try and repeat this as many times as possible.”

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