Kent keep their County Championship Division 1 promotion hopes alive with victory over Leicestershire
Kent kept their LV= County Championship Division 1 promotion
hopes alive with a 147-run victory over Leicestershire.
Rob Key’s side now trail rivals Derbyshire by 23 points but can
reduce that gap with a win over the Division 2 leaders in their
penultimate game of the season, starting at St Lawrence on
A best-of-the-season-haul of 5-35 in 14 overs from former
Leicestershire player Darren Stevens (pictured) turned the game in
Kent’s favour, having set the hosts 283 runs to win on Friday at
Skipper Key declared after Brendan Nash’s 119, which included 14
boundaries, was the highlight of a first innings tally of 350-8.
The innings included three other half-centuries from Key (68), Sam
Northeast (52) and Geraint Jones (52).
After Leicestershire declared on their overnight 171-3, Kent
moved 282 runs ahead with 103-2 declared in 23 overs.
Key (14) and Northeast (20) went cheaply second time around, but
once Mark Davies (3-24) removed Michael Thornely and Ned Eckersley
the hosts were struggling at 13-3 before Stevens took centre stage
to slice through the middle order and help dismiss his former side
for only 135.
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