Kent County Cricket Club miss out on LV County Championship promotion with defeat to Glamorgan
Defeat to basement side Glamorgan ended any hopes of promotion
for Kent in the LV= County Championship.
Kent needed a win to give themselves any hopes of catching the
leading pair, Derbyshire and Yorkshire, in Division 2.
But after losing eight wickets during a torrid 12-over spell on
day two in Cardiff their hopes slipped from their grasp.
Glamorgan eventually won the match, by seven wickets, with a day
to spare and that boost helped Kent’s promotion rivals to victory,
with Derbyshire beating Hampshire by six wickets and Yorkshire
recording a 239-run victory over Essex.
Kent captain Rob Key put Glamorgan into bat on the opening
morning but the pitch failed to produce the wickets he was looking
The hosts ended day one on 334-8 with Jim Allenby unbeaten on
100. He eventually scored 125 not out as Glamorgan ended their
first innings on 390.
Matt Coles (4-76) and James Tredwell (3-61) had been chief
wicket takers but neither had an answer to Allenby.
In reply to Glamorgan’s 390 on day two, Kent were dismissed for
just 170 with their last eight wickets falling for just 33
Glamorgan’s Robert Croft had teased the visitors and he finished
with figures of 5-31.
Kent followed on 220 runs behind with their hopes of winning and
claiming promotion disappearing fast.
The loss of both Key and youngster Daniel Bell-Drummond without
score in Kent’s second innings left their hopes high and dry. The
visitors finished the second day 33-2.
Kent’s misery continued on day three as they slumped from 91-2
to 96-5, a run which included a golden duck for Darren Stevens.
It was left to wicket-keeper Geraint Jones to help Kent avoid an
innings defeat. He continued his late-season form with a defiant
But the dismissals of Mike Powell (41) and Tredwell (24) provded
decisive and with Jones the penultimate wicket to fall, Kent were
dismissed for 280.
The loss of three quick wickets in bad light gave Kent a small
glimmer of hope but Glamorgan’s victory target of 61 was always
going to prove too small.
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