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Kent lose opening Championship match to Gloucestershire by five wickets

By Josh Fordham

Kent lost their opening Specsavers County Championship Division 2 match to Gloucestershire at Canterbury by five wickets.

The low-scoring match saw just five Kent batters enter double figures across their two innings.

The match at the Spitfire St Lawrence Ground was completed in the first session of the fourth day after the first day saw no play.

Kent amassed just 64 in their first innings, top scored by Zak Crawley on 15, with their innings last 18.5 overs. The pick of the Gloucestershire bowlers was Matt Taylor on 4-20.

Matt Henry in Kent's opening Specsavers County Championship match with Gloucestershire. Picture: Chris Davey.
Matt Henry in Kent's opening Specsavers County Championship match with Gloucestershire. Picture: Chris Davey.

In reply, the visitors were bowled out for 110 with debutant Matt Henry taking 4-33. Gareth Roderick hit 51, one of only three half-centuries in the match.

Daniel Bell-Drummond’s 61 in Kent’s second innings was the top score of the match as the home side were bowled out for a second time. Ryan Higgins rattled through the Kent batsmen taking 5-22 to bowl them out for 153.

Gloucestershire were set a target of 108 in their second innings, rain preventing their chance of finishing the match on day three with 47 left to chase and nine wickets intact.

Kent fought back with three wickets early on but their opponents chased down the runs with five wickets remaining.

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