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Kent win at Glamorgan by six wickets in County Championship

By Josh Fordham

Kent recorded back-to-back away victories in Division 2 of the Specsavers County Championship with a six wicket win at Glamorgan.

Opening bowlers Darren Stevens and Matt Henry did the damage with the ball with both taking eight wickets in the match.

The visiting side chose to put Glamorgan into bat on Friday and the hosts made it to 57-0 at lunch on that first day.

In the second session, however, they went on to lose all 10 first innings wickets for 37 runs.

Darren Stevens. Picture: Chris Davey.
Darren Stevens. Picture: Chris Davey.

Stevens (6-26) and Henry (4-31) sharing all the wickets between them.

In reply, Kent could only reach 174 to allow Glamorgan a chance of getting back into the game.

Joe Denly, fresh from his century against Pakistan, top scored with 43 while Zak Crawley made 33 and Harry Podmore ended on 33 not out.

Timm van der Gugten was the standout bowler taking 7-42.

Shaun Marsh led the Glamorgan fight back on Saturday with the Australian reaching 76 before being run out by Will Gidman.

Their second innings total of 274 left Kent needing 195 to win. Matt Henry was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 4-59.

However, they did have to wait until after lunch on day three to take the final wicket of the Glamorgan innings at Sophia Gardens after a leak under the covers. Play had to be delayed until the afternoon session while the affected area had sufficiently dried.

Kent then chased down the runs with six wickets to spare.

Daniel Bell-Drummond and Sean Dickson got the visitors’ chase off to a good start sharing a partnership of 77 before the former was out for 36.

Dickson (39) soon followed but Heino Kuhn steered Kent to their second victory in the County Championship with an unbeaten 69.

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