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Kent beat Warwickshire in first Division 1 win since 2010

By Cameron Hogwood

Zak Crawley and Ollie Robinson both hit first innings centuries as Kent beat Warwickshire by eight wickets to register their first Division 1 win of the season.

Harry Podmore also finished with figures of 8-123 as the hosts were forced to follow on having initially been bowled out for 346.

Crawley (45) and Renshaw (48) top scored on the final day for Kent to help their side successfully chase down 123 to win in just 19.4 overs.

Zak Crawley
Zak Crawley

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Crawley put Kent in the ascendency on day one as he struck 18 fours on his way towards 108 from 172 deliveries for the second first-class ton of his career.

Sean Dickson (31), Renshaw (36) and interim captain Heino Kuhn (72) also played their part as the visitors fulfilled head coach Matt Walker's calls for a positive start to their batting sessions.

20-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman Robinson also fuelled Kent's dominance by passing 50, before reaching 143 (228 balls, 22 fours) to mark his maiden first-class ton the following day.

He was eventually stumped by Tim Ambrose off the bowling of Jeetan Patel, with Kent declaring on a mammoth score of 504-9.

Warwickshire's brightest response came through Dominic Sibley as he reached 60 from 158 balls by the close of play, supported by Adam Hose's 29 at No.5.

The hosts looked on course to surpass the follow on figure of 335 on day three until they lost five wickets for a measly 32 runs in 11 overs to finish all out on 346.

Podmore's five wickets on day three included that of Tom Milnes and Craig Miles as well as century-making Sibley (132), while there were also strong performances from Darren Stevens (3-56) and Matt Milnes (3-50).

Stevens was responsible for halting a late flourish from Patel as he reached 40 in 45 deliveries to offer his side late hope.

Having been forced to bat again, Warwickshire endured a miserable start when Will Rhodes was caught lbw by Podmore on the second ball of the innings.

Kent would later be frustrated by a final day fightback from Ambrose (107) and Henry Brookes (84), before Milnes made a breakthrough by trapping the former lbw.

Podmore (5-62) completed his five-fer shortly after when he caught Patel lbw for a duck, followed by Milnes (2-65) who stopped Brookes by lbw as Kent were set 123 to win.

Having seen Dickson go early for just five, Kent sealed an eight wicket victory through Crawley (45), Renshaw (48) and Daniel Bell-Drummond (18) inside 20 overs.

Kent: Dickson, Crawley, Renshaw, Bell-Drummond, Kuhn (c), Robinson (wk), Stevens, Podmore, Milnes, Claydon, Riley.

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