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Kent win by 2 wickets

Kent vs Lancashire

LV= County Championship: Kent end Lancashire's unbeaten record

Darren Stevens: Impressive season for Kent

Darren Stevens hit a superb unbeaten 205 to take Kent to a two-wicket win over Lancashire, handing the Division Two champions their first defeat of the season on its final day.

Chasing an improbable 418 for victory, Kent eased home with 14.2 overs to spare to record their maiden win on home soil this summer and their second-best fourth-innings total in club history.

Stevens proved unstoppable against a Lancashire attack without their three leading wicket-takers, his 218-ball innings including 21 fours and three sixes. It was his fourth three-figure score in the championship season this year - and it helped Kent avoid an unwanted record of not securing a championship win at home.

Resuming on their overnight total of 32-1 - which was effectively for two after Rob Key fractured his left thumb whilst in the field on day three - Kent's position soon worsened when they lost Brendan Nash (six) to the ninth ball of the day, caught behind after an attempted push-drive against Kyle Jarvis to make it 39 for two.

Five overs later Kent's second top-scorer of the first innings Steve Harmison (7) went back only to offer no shot to a Tom Smith off-cutter that trapped him leg before.

With little to lose, Sam Northeast went for his shots to post an attractive 54-ball 50 full of rasping drives and with eight fours.

Eye-catching

Stevens, Kent's player of the season, marched in to follow Northeast's lead as the fourth-wicket partners added an eye-catching 82 in 17.1 overs before Northeast (70) was trapped leg before on the back-foot by a Luke Procter inswinger.

Stevens reached a 60-ball 50 before lunch and moved through the gears after the break to add 71 in 17.1 overs with Sam Billings (24) before the understudy keeper edged a back foot drive against Tom Smith to be caught behind.

Adam Ball, playing only his second game of the season, joined forces with Stevens and notched a career-best 69 as the pair posted 148 in 34.2 overs for the sixth wicket.

Having reached a 55-ball 50, his first in championship cricket, Ball perished to the second new ball, leg before when playing back in defence to Smith.

Home skipper James Tredwell (11) perished soon after when nudging one to second slip off Oliver Newby and the alarm bells rang for Kent supporters when Mark Davies followed without scoring when Newby trapped him lbw on the back foot.

The injured Key then sidled in to add a vital three runs from 11 balls, allowing Stevens to hit the winning boundary off Newby.

Match Details

Date
24th - 27th Sep 2013
Toss
Kent won the toss and elected to bowl.
Venue
St. Lawrence Ground
Umpires
N L Bainton, N G B Cook

kent BATTING CARD

Batsman R
S.A. Northeast lbw Procter 70
D.J. Bell-Drummond lbw Newby 8
B.P. Nash c Davies b Jarvis 6
B.W. Harmison lbw Smith 7
D.I. Stevens Not out 205
S.W. Billings c Davies b Smith 24
A.J. Ball lbw Smith 69
J.C. Tredwell c Smith b Newby 11
M. Davies lbw Newby 0
R.W.T. Key Not out 3
Extras 8nb, 2b, 5lb 15
Total 91.4 Overs 418 - 8
Full Batting Card

lancashire BOWLING CARD

Bowler O M R W
K.M. Jarvis 19 0 107 1
O.J. Newby 13.4 2 55 3
T.C. Smith 18 2 74 3
S.D. Parry 22 0 85 0
L.A. Procter 9 0 40 1
L.M. Reece 6 0 25 0
A.P. Agathagelou 4 0 25 0
Full Bowling Card