Kent keep LV= County Championship Division 2 promotion hopes alive with big win over Derbyshire
head to Cardiff this week with their LV= County Championship
Division 2 promotion hopes still alive after completing a 222-run
win over leaders Derbyshire at Canterbury on Friday.
The East Midlands county still top the table,
but their lead over Yorkshire has now been reduced to one point,
with Rob Key’s men in third place, six behind, ahead of their final
game against bottom side Glamorgan which starts on Tuesday.
Derbyshire finish at home to Hampshire, while Yorkshire face Essex
Kent claimed 21 points after a tense final day
at the St Lawrence ground, with Matt Coles (pictured) dismissing
last man Mark Turner. He was well caught by Geraint Jones as the
visitors, set 403 for victory, were all out for 181 just before
Darren Stevens followed up his season’s best
5-35 against old county Leicestershire in the previous match with
Usman Khawaja’s 53 was the only major
contribution to the innings as Derbyshire started the day on 31-1.
Coles trapped Paul Borrington and Wes Durston leg before before
Khawaja fell in the same fashion to Stevens.
Brendan Nash ran out Ross Whiteley and then
Dan Redfern, Derbyshire’s match winner with an unbeaten 50 in their
two-wicket victory in the corresponding game early last month, fell
to Stevens for 21 off 74 balls.
David Wainwright hung around to also make 21,
before being bowled by Mark Davies, who had claimed his first
five-wicket haul for Kent in the first innings.
Stevens then sent back Tony Palladino and Tim
Groenewald, before Coles finished the job.
Derbyshire were unhappy that ECB rules allowed
Kent to use James Tredwell as a replacement for rookie Adam Riley
for the final two days, just hours after playing for England in the
final one-day international against South Africa at Trent
The spinner finished wicketless in the
innings, conceding only 34 runs in 33 overs, sending down 19
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