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Kent lose inside two days at Glamorgan despite Darren Stevens' five-fer on 45th birthday

Kent were bowled out for just 74 in their second innings as they lost by 10 wickets inside two days at Glamorgan.

The visitors appeared to have dragged themselves back into the game after Darren Stevens bagged 5-53 as Glamorgan were bowled out for 197.

Darren Stevens - took 5-53 on his 45th birthday. Picture: Keith Gillard
Darren Stevens - took 5-53 on his 45th birthday. Picture: Keith Gillard

But Kent's innings was polished off in less than 27 overs either side of tea, leaving Glamorgan just 16 to win.

Stevens took centre stage on his birthday with the 30th first-class five-wicket haul of his career, trapping David Lloyd leg before for 62.

Matt Milnes then dismissed Billy Root lbw and clean bowled Glamorgan captain Chris Cooke for a golden duck in consecutive deliveries.

The wickets continued to fall after a short break due to rain. Kiran Carlson was caught at second slip by Zak Crawley from the bowling of Stevens and Milnes accounted for Callum Taylor lbw to make it 148-7.

Stevens soon grabbed his fifth wicket when Timm van der Gugten was caught behind by Ollie Robinson. Kent’s change bowlers Miguel Cummins and Fredrick Klaassen wrapped up the Glamorgan innings and the lead was restricted to 59.

Opener Daniel Bell-Drummond skied an attempted pull shot off the bowling of Lukas Carey which just escaped Van der Gugten at mid-on, but Hogan did remove Jordan Cox lbw.

Carey then had a huge shout for leg before against Crawley which was turned down.

Hogan’s accuracy was relentless. He had Bell-Drummond caught behind and clean bowled Crawley - who failed to play a shot - for just a single.

Joe Denly was the next to go. He had nearly been run out by Carlson after dropping his bat, but was then lbw to Lloyd.

Hogan had Robinson caught behind by Cooke after tea as Kent slipped to 41-5, still 18 runs behind. The Australian then made it five when Jack Leaning looked disappointed to be given out lbw.

Stevens took a wild hack at a Lloyd delivery and was clean bowled without score.

Kent’s Heino Kuhn was batting with a runner due to a calf problem, but when he was lbw to van der Gugten, it was 72-8 and that quickly became 74 all out.

Glamorgan took just 14 balls to complete the win, Lloyd finishing off the victory with a six off Miguel Cummins.

Kent head coach Matt Walker said: “It was not good enough over the day and three quarters for which the game lasted. It wasn’t an easy pitch to play on and when you look at the batting that was reflected by the scores.

"Regardless of the pitch we have to be better than that and we didn’t find the answer. Some of the boys will look back on good balls which got them out, but we have to better.

"Two poor batting innings on good pitches leads to a lack of a confidence and it’s difficult to find a performance on a pitch like this.

"Glamorgan bowled very well. Michael Hogan was outstanding at time. It always looks bad when you lose a game by 10 wickets.

"We haven’t played well in the last three weeks and this result typifies that. Some of our players aren’t performing to the levels they can.”

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