Division Two Canterbury Glamorgan 378 (M W Goodwin 136, C J Haggett 4-94) v Kent 135 489-9 (D I Stevens 119, R W T Key 85, B W Harmison 64, B P Nash 50, D A Cosker 5-120) Kent (5pts) drew with Glamorgan (9pts)
Darren Stevens extended his purple patch with a second century of the summer that helped steer Kent to a tame draw with fellow LV= County Championship Division Two strugglers Glamorgan.
On an easing Canterbury pitch Stevens made hay to post a 134-ball ton with 17 fours and a brace of sixes to help the hosts bat through the final day and stave off a Glamorgan win, with the sides shaking hands on the draw at 4.50pm.
Following on and in deep trouble on their overnight total of 254 for four – a slender match lead of 11 – Stevens joined forces with Ben Harmison to add 163 for the fifth wicket, frustrating the visitors for much of the opening session.
Stevens, the former Leicestershire batsman, cantered to 50 off 73 balls with eight fours, while Harmison, who joined Kent from Durham last year, took a little while longer to reach the landmark from 90 deliveries.
Their partnership was ended by a spectacular piece of fielding by Michael Hogan. After a Stevens push drive to deep extra cover, Harmison turned for a second run only to be run out for a Kent-best 64 by a direct hit to the non-striker’s end.
Stevens and Geraint Jones added 44 during which the former reached a deserved hundred at an impressive strike rate of 82.16 per 100 balls faced.
His fun ended, as did any hopes of a Kent declaration, when he missed an attempted sweep against Dean Cosker to be bowled around his legs for 119. Stevens did, however, leave to an ovation.
Jones (15) went soon after when he drove outside the line of a Michael Reed leg cutter to lose his leg stump and make it 401 for seven.
Reed finished with two for 95, but Cosker was clearly the pick of the Welsh attack with a return of five for 120.
With only a 158-run lead, Kent still needed time to bat after tea to prevent a late afternoon run-chase in pursuit of victory by Glamorgan.
Patient knocks by on-loan Mitchell Claydon (40), Calum Haggett (17), coupled with a robust and career-best equalling 19 not out from last man Charlie Shreck, ensured the status quo.
Glamorgan travelled home with nine points while Kent, next to bottom and still without a win, banked only five.
Overnight: Glamorgan 378 (M W Goodwin 136; C J Haggett 4-94). Kent 135
and 254-4 (R W T Key 85, B P Nash 50).
Kent Second Innings
Harmison run out 64
Stevens b Cosker119
Jones b Reed15
Haggett b Cosker17
Claydon c Allenby b Cosker40
Riley not out 9
Shreck not out 19
Total 9 wkts (142 overs)489
Fall: 1-75 2-97 3-192 4-192 5-355 6-399 7-401 8-437 9-468
Bowling: Wagg: 23-5-94-0, Hogan: 32-4-96-1, Allenby: 16-1-72-0, Reed: 21-2-95-2, Cosker: 50-12-120-5
Visitors Glamorgan appear to be homing in on their second win of the LV= County Championship Division Two campaign after making basement side Kent follow on in Canterbury.
Dismissed for 135 to concede a first-innings lead of 243, winless Kent batted marginally better second time around to at least take the game into its final day by reaching 254 for four at stumps – a slender match lead of 11.
Having been skittled before lunch inside 47 overs, Kent made a better fist of things in a second innings that started with a single over before the lunch interval.
After the break, openers Rob Key and Sam Northeast appeared to be in little or no trouble in adding 75 for the first wicket until Northeast (33) drove a return catch to veteran spinner Dean Cosker.
Another Kent youngster, Daniel Bell-Drummond, then saw Jim Allenby pull off a stunning reflex catch at slip that sent him packing for 14, bringing together Key and Brendan Nash for a responsible third-wicket partnership that added 95 in 26 overs.
Key went past 50 for the fourth time this season, from 112 balls that included five fours, while Nash reached the milestone from 74 balls before both fell in quick succession.
Only five deliveries after celebrating his half-century and without addition, Nash edged an attempted push drive against Michael Hogan into the gloves of Mark Wallace to leave with his side on 192 for three.
Then, only 15 runs short of a third century of the summer and the 49th of his career, Key’s late decision to kick away a Cosker arm-ball led to his demise leg before wicket after facing 166 balls.
Though Ben Harmison (23no) and Darren Stevens (35no) survived the remaining 26 overs, Kent still face an uphill task to make the game safe on the fourth and final day.
The hosts had started the day already deep in trouble at 73 for four and were only able to add a further 62 to their tally before losing their six remaining wickets.
Allenby caused their early headaches, nipping one back to snare Stevens’ leg before for 10 as he shouldered arms, then having Harmison caught behind for 12 off a lunging defensive push.
Geraint Jones, the acting Kent skipper, drove over a full ball from Hogan to lose his off stump before on-loan debutant Mitchell Claydon (three) drove to mid-on and gifted Graham Wagg a second wicket.
Calum Haggett (nine) made a late, and fatal, decision to leave a shooting off-cutter from Michael Reed that plucked out off stump, but at least 10th wicket partners Charlie Shreck and Adam Riley enjoyed themselves in adding 25 – the second best partnership of the innings.
Shreck (15no), playing in his 122nd first-class match, was only four short of equalling his career best when Riley nicked behind to see Wallace hold on at the second attempt to end the innings and give Cosker a wicket with his fifth ball of the match.
Kent First Innings
Harmison c Wallace b Allenby12
Stevens lbw b Allenby10
Jones b Hogan12
Haggett b Reed9
Claydon c Reed b Wagg3
Riley c Wallace b Cosker10
Shreck not out 15
Total (46.5 overs)135
Fall: 1-21 2-50 3-58 4-65 5-80 6-91 7-105 8-110 9-110
Bowling: Hogan: 16-4-42-3, Wagg: 11-2-40-2, Reed: 7-2-26-2, Allenby: 12-3-22-2, Cosker: 0.5-0-1-1,
Kent Second Innings Close
Northeast c Cosker b Reed33
Key lbw b Cosker85
Bell-Drummond c Allenby b Cosker14
Nash c Walters b Hogan50
Harmison not out 23
Stevens not out 35
Total 4 wkts (69 overs)254
Fall: 1-75 2-97 3-192 4-192
Bowling: Wagg: 10-2-34-0, Hogan: 17-2-54-1, Allenby: 10-1-43-0, Reed: 10-0-52-1, Cosker: 22-3-67-2
Forty year-old Murray Goodwin, the elder statesman of county cricket, notched the 69th first-class century of his career and his second for his new county as Glamorgan took a grip of their LV= County Championship Division Two clash with Kent in Canterbury.
Winless Kent now face a two-day battle to save themselves from ignominious home defeat after slumping to 73 for four in reply to Glamorgan’s battling 378.
The eighth-placed hosts lost four wickets in the final 12 overs of day two before rain and bad light finally ended their agony. They now go into day three facing a deficit of 305.
Without a win from their eight starts to date, Kent were guilty of tossing away wickets on the same pitch that allowed Glamorgan’s middle order to flourish earlier in the day.
Resuming on their overnight score of 155 for four after a rain-ruined opening day of 55 overs, the Welsh county lost Jim Allenby (25) in the fifth over of the day after nicking a Charlie Shreck delivery to the wicketkeeper.
Former Zimbabwe Test batsman Goodwin combined with his skipper Mark Wallace to add 105 for the sixth wicket in 33.2 overs.
The stand finally came to an end when Mitch Claydon, on loan from Durham, bounced Wallace – who hooked instinctively only to pick out Ben Harmison at deep mid-wicket to make it 273 for six.
Goodwin cruised to a 190-ball century with 14 fours and looked to kick on in tandem with Graham Wagg, but the ex-Warwickshire all-rounder miscued an attempted drive against Claydon to be caught at short cover by a diving Harmison.
Goodwin followed soon after for 136, driving on the up the diminutive right-hander was caught at cover to bring in last man Michael Reed.
In his 11-match first-class career thus far Reed had mustered only 38 runs, yet against a tired Kent attack he cantered to a career-best 27 before Claydon finally snared him leg before to end the innings soon after 5pm.
In fading light and with the floodlights on, Kent made a crisp start only to lose their way once opener Sam Northeast (12) steered a delivery off the full face of the bat to second slip against Wagg.
Daniel Bell-Drummond (16) chipped a full ball from Reed into the hands of Ben Wright at square leg then Rob Key (23) fell in near identical fashion to the bowling of Michael Hogan.
Kent’s miserable hour concluded when Brendan Nash (four) nicked a defensive push against Hogan through to the keeper to slope off with his side on 65 for four.
Rain arrived soon after and despite an attempt to restart the game at 6.30pm, umpires Steve Garratt and Neil Mallender were forced to abandon play for the day.
Overnight: Glamorgan 155-4
Canterbury: Glamorgan Won Toss
Glamorgan First Innings (cont)
Goodwin c Northeast b Shreck136
Allenby c G O Jones b Shreck25
Wallace c B W Harmison b Claydon34
Wagg c B W Harmison b Claydon10
Cosker not out 24
Hogan b Haggett14
Reed lbw b Claydon27
Total (119.5 overs)378
Fall: 1-10 2-19 3-79 4-123 5-168 6-273 7-293 8-315 9-338
Bowling: Shreck: 33-8-107-3, Haggett: 33-10-94-4, Claydon: 25.5-7-85-3, Stevens: 25-8-59-0, Riley: 3-0-24-0.
Kent First Innings Close
Northeast c Allenby b Wagg12
Key c Allenby b Hogan23
Bell-Drummond c B J Wright b Reed16
Nash c Wallace b Hogan4
Harmison not out 8
Stevens not out 4
Total 4 wkts (21.2 overs)73
Fall: 1-21 2-50 3-58 4-65
Bowling: Hogan: 8.2-2-21-2, Wagg: 6-1-28-1, Reed: 4-1-12-1, Allenby: 3-0-8-0.
Kent’s sole winter recruit Calum Haggett bagged three wickets for 38 runs to ensure the hosts made the most of a rain interrupted opening day in their LV= County Championship tussle with Glamorgan.
Haggett, who joined having undergone heart surgery barely 18 months beforehand, enjoyed two useful stints from the Nackington Road End after Glamorgan had elected to bat in overcast conditions.
Kent, who dropped England Lions spearhead Matt Coles for personal reasons, included on-loan Durham seamer Mitchell Claydon, but it was Haggett and Charlie Shreck who made good use of the new ball of this Division Two contest.
Shreck saw chances go down at first and third slip during a naggingly accurate opening burst, leaving Haggett to enjoy two breakthroughs in the opening 10 overs.
The former Somerset and England Under-19 seamer had Will Bragg caught behind by Geraint Jones when the left-hander shuffled tentatively forward to feather a catch to the wicketkeeper and make it 10 for one.
While Shreck toiled without success from the Pavilion End, Haggett celebrated a second scalp when Ben Wright shouldered arms to a delivery that held its line to peg back off-stump.
Former Surrey skipper Stewart Walters then joined up with Australian left-hander Marcus North to add an attractive 60 inside 20 overs for the third wicket.
On a pitch that appeared to be easing, neither man looked in trouble as acting Kent skipper Jones introduced first-change seamers Darren Stevens and Claydon.
Neither looked effective during their respective stints and it came as no surprise when Jones reverted to his opening attack half-an-hour before lunch.
The move paid almost immediate dividends when Walters (38) wafted at a wide half-volley from Shreck to be caught behind five minutes from the interval.
With the St Lawrence floodlights on and rain forecast, Glamorgan’s North moved smoothly through to 46 with three boundaries to his name until the left-hander was given out caught at the wicket off Haggett. He appeared puzzled by the decision as he grudgingly departed the playing area.
Two rain breaks and drizzle either side of tea served as a pre-cursor to the weather that followed and by 5pm umpires Steve Garratt and Neil Mallender had little option but to abandon play for the day.
Canterbury: Glamorgan Won Toss
Glamorgan First Innings Close
Wright b Haggett5
Bragg c G O Jones b Haggett6
Walters c G O Jones b Shreck38
North c G O Jones b Haggett46
Goodwin not out 35
Allenby not out 19
Total 4 wkts (55 overs)155
Fall: 1-10 2-19 3-79 4-123
Bowling: Shreck: 11-5-21-1, Haggett: 15-5-38-3, Claydon: 13-4-45-0, Stevens: 16-5-47-0