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Kent beat Worcestershire by an innings and 56 runs in County Championship at Canterbury

Kent made it back-to-back County Championship wins after beating Worcestershire early on day three at Canterbury.

The hosts won by an innings and 56 runs after dismissing the visitors for 204 in their second innings - Nathan Gilchrist, Grant Stewart, Darren Stevens taking three wickets apiece.

Grant Stewart - took 3-51 to help Kent to victory against Worcestershire. Picture: Ady Kerry
Grant Stewart - took 3-51 to help Kent to victory against Worcestershire. Picture: Ady Kerry

Stewart said: “At the start of the season it didn’t go quite to plan so in the last two weeks (we've) put a few things right.

"We had a bit of a chat before the last game saying that we wanted to make a bit of a statement.

"Last week at Leicestershire dragged out a bit longer than we would have liked, but on a pretty docile wicket at times, it was nice to wrap it up in the first session.

"It’s been nice to put a few performances on the board and be a bit more respectable in the four-day competition.

“We had pretty favourable conditions on day one but as a group you speak about the old classic, bowling in partnerships and not trying too much as the wicket flattened.

"Sometimes you can chase a few wickets towards the back end of an innings so we just kept doing the same stuff.”

Joe Leach showed some defiance with 49 not out after Ed Barnard had hung around to make 44, but the visitors were left to rue their failings on the first two days, when Kent dominated throughout.

Worcestershire resumed on 91-6, still 169 behind and Ben Cox was the first man to go, lbw to Matt Milnes for two in the fourth over of the morning session.

Barnard and Leach put on a partnership of 56 for the eighth wicket, but after holding out for 92 balls the former was lbw to Stewart.

Josh Baker made just a single before Stevens sent his off stump cartwheeling and despite a last-wicket stand of 36, the victory was confirmed when Dillon Pennington edged Gilchrist to Zak Crawley at first slip for three, five minutes from the scheduled end of the morning session.

Kent, who pick up 23 points, are next in action at Derbyshire from Sunday.

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