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Kent won by 3 wickets.

Kent vs Yorks

Kent survive scare

Yorkshire's hopes scuppered by Jones and Arafat

Jones: crucial 20 not out

LV County Championship - Division One
Yorkshire 410 (A McGrath 144, J A Rudolph 129, A Lyth 50, Azhar Mahmood 6-55) & 196 (G L Brophy 51, Yasir Arafat 4-38) v Kent 467 (R W T Key 157, Yasir Arafat 90 no, A U Rashid 5-140) & 142-7
Kent (22pts) beat Yorkshire (8pts) by 3 wkts

An unbroken eighth-wicket stand of 34 between Geraint Jones and Yasir Arafat saw Kent to a three-wicket victory over Yorkshire at Canterbury.

The duo came together with the hosts struggling at 108-7 in pursuit of a modest target of 140 and took an aggressive approach to finishing the job.

Jones ended with 20 not out off 26 balls and Arafat blasted an unbeaten 19 off just 15 balls to seal Kent's second LV County Championship win of the season.

Earlier, Matthew Hoggard (2-27) removed both openers, Joe Denly (19) and Robert Key (15), and leg-spinner Adil Rashid (2-46) chipped in with the wickets of James Tredwell (6) and Darren Stevens (4) to leave Kent on 101-4 at lunch on the final day.

And a three-wicket burst from Naved-ul-Hasan (3-24) after the interval accounted for Martin van Jaarsveld (41), Justin Kemp (10) and Azhar Mahmood (2) and left Kent on the brink of an embarrassing defeat.

But Jones and Arafat went on the attack to drag Kent across the winning line in mid-afternoon.

Day Three

Pakistan all-rounder Yasir Arafat starred with bat and ball as Kent took command on day three against Yorkshire at Canterbury.

The 26-year-old scored a season's best 90 not out in the morning as Kent batted on to reach 467 and with it a valuable first innings lead of 57.

Then, in two stunning bursts down the St Lawrence slope, the right-arm paceman claimed 4-38 as Yorkshire succumbed for 196 inside 52 overs, leaving Kent a last-day victory target of 140 for their second straight win.

It was a sorry capitulation by Yorkshire who, having dominated the first day of the game in reaching 359-5, gradually allowed their commanding position to slip through a combination of shoddy bowling and then poor shot selection.

Only Gerard Brophy, with 51 from 62 balls, and Jacques Rudolph, who scored 47 in almost two hours, seemed prepared to fight it out and bat any length of time on a placid pitch, as the white rose county wilted to lose seven second innings wickets in the final session of day three.

Arafat, who swung and seamed the ball, took four wickets, while Robbie Joseph's extra pace accounted for Adil Rashid and Tim Bresnan in a late burst of 2-25 as the Kent attack, backed by seven excellent slip catches, claimed Yorkshire's last six wickets in only 10 overs.

Day Two

Kent captain Rob Key scored his first Championship hundred of the summer to keep his side in their First Division contest with Yorkshire.

The former England batsman hit an unbeaten 122 from 211 balls with 15 fours to help the hosts reach 298-6 at the close in their reply to Yorkshire's first innings total of 410.

In only their second first-class game in a month, Kent started their response at Twenty20 Cup pace as Key and in-form opening partner Joe Denly cracked 12 boundaries in as many overs to post 50 in 37 minutes.

The home first-wicket pair added 68 in 13 overs before Denly, on 48, fell leg before to Matthew Hoggard four balls before the scheduled lunch break.

After the interval, Key teamed up with James Tredwell to bat throughout the mid-session in adding 135 in 39 overs until, soon after tea, Tredwell offered a bat-pad catch to short leg to go for 48.

It sparked a mini-collapse that saw Kent lose five wickets for 58, three of them to young leg-spinner Adil Rashid.

Pace bowler Azhar Mahmood had been Kent's hero in the morning session in wrapping up the Yorkshire innings with an excellent stint of 5-10 in 28 balls from the Pavilion End, as the visitors slumped from 359-5 overnight to 410 all out.

Day One

Anthony McGrath and Jacques Rudolph both his hundreds as Yorkshire took control of their game at Kent on the opening day at Canterbury.

Stand-in Yorkshire skipper McGrath hit his first century of the season and his sixth career ton against Kent as he hit a superb 144 in a score of 359-5 for the visitors.

South African Rudolph was unbeaten on 121 at the close after sharing a record 217-run stand for the third wicket for Yorkshire against Kent.

Young opener Adam Lyth gave the Yorkshire innings a solid start with his 50 at the top of the order despite slow scoring initially.

Once Rudolph and McGrath came together they began to pile on the runs and their 50 partnership came along in just sixteen overs.

Rudolph was dropped by Geraint Jones on 66 and that drop proved costly as he and McGrath amassed 217 before the skipper edged Martin Saggers to end his vigil on 144 off 226 balls.

Yasir Arafat took two quick wickets to get Kent back into it but Rudolph was still there at the end unbeaten on 121 after again being dropped by Jones on 110.

Match Details

11th Jul 2008
St Lawrence Ground, Canterbury
T E Jesty and R A Kettleborough


Batsman R
Denly c Bresnan b Hoggard 19
Key c Brophy b Hoggard 15
Tredwell c Rudolph b Rashid 6
Van Jaarsveld lbw b Naved-ul-Hasan 41
Stevens st Brophy b Rashid 4
Kemp c Brophy b Naved-ul-Hasan 10
Jones not out 20
Mahmood c Brophy b Naved-ul-Hasan 2
Arafat not out 19
Extras 4b, 2lb 6
Total 38.3 Overs 142 - 7
Full Batting Card


Bowler O M R W
Hoggard 11 2 27 2
Bresnan 10 1 31 0
Rashid 9 0 46 2
Kruis 4 0 8 0
Naved-ul-Hasan 4.3 0 24 3
Full Bowling Card