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Day 3 of 4
Kent win by an innings and 120 runs

Northants vs Kent

Coles too hot for Northants

Kent speed to comprehensive victory over Northants

Matt Coles: Career-best figures of 6-51

Matt Coles claimed career-best figures of 6-51 as Kent powered to an innings-and-120-run victory over Northamptonshire early on day three.

The Kent all-rounder took four of the remaining six Northants wickets to ensure the visiting Spitfires recorded their first LV= County Championship Division Two victory of the season with five sessions to spare.

Resuming on 50-4, still 186 runs away from making Kent bat again, Northants lost their remaining hope of salvaging a result when captain David Sales (42) was bowled by Coles in the ninth over of the day.

The 21-year-old medium-pacer added the wickets of David Willey, Jack Brooks and Lee Daggett - all caught behind the wicket - as Northants crashed to back-to-back defeats.

Nial O'Brien was left unbeaten on a painfully slow 25 from 115 balls as the home side picked up just two points from the fixture, with dominant Kent coming away with 23.

Day Two

Mike Powell hit an unbeaten 128 as Kent took control of their Division Two clash against Northampton at Wantage Road.

The 35-year-old veteran hit 19 fours off 227 deliveries, as the visitors posted a challenging 368 in their first innings.

Powell was ably assisted by wicket-keeper Geraint Jones whose patient 53 came off 144 balls, with the pair putting on a vital 165 for the seventh wicket.

The partnership enabled the visitors to the County Ground to collect a first-innings lead of 236.

Northants, in their second innings, were reduced to 50-4 by stumps, still needing another 186 runs to make Kent bat again.

Home hopes appear to depend on David Sales who is 31 not out - off 34 - but on Saturday they are likely to slip to their second County Championship defeat of the season.

Day One

Kent finished an eventful opening day at Wantage Road on 127-3 after dismissing hosts Northamptonshire for just 132.

Charlie Shreck, Matt Coles and Darren Stevens each claimed three wickets apiece to leave home skipper David Sales, standing in for the absent Andrew Hall, regretting his decision to bat first after winning the toss.

It was actually Mark Davies who struck the first blow for Kent, removing opener Rob Newton for just seven when he edged to James Tredwell.

Kent's seamers simply never let up after the early breakthrough, the only real resistance coming from Alex Wakely (33) and David Willey, who made a breezy 24 before being the last man out.

In reply, the visitors lost skipper Rob Key for seven and Scott Newman followed for 26 when he slashed Jack Brooks to James Middlebrook at gully.

Ben Harmison reached 46 off just 64 balls, including seven fours, before he was run out by Willey's direct hit at the stumps from point, ending an 83-run stand with Brendan Nash (40 not out).

Match Details

Date
12th - 15th Apr 2012
Toss
Northamptonshire won the toss and elected to bat.
Venue
County Ground, Northampton
Umpires
R K Illingworth and P K Baldwin

northants BATTING CARD

Batsman R
Peters c Tredwell b Shreck 1
Newton c Jones b Coles 9
Coetzer lbw b Coles 1
Sales b Coles 42
Wakely c Key b Shreck 3
O'Brien not out 25
Middlebrook c Jones b Davies 9
Vaas lbw b Tredwell 1
Willey c Jones b Coles 8
Brooks c Jones b Coles 0
Daggett c Jones b Coles 15
Extras 2lb 2
Total 55.3 Overs 116
Full Batting Card

kent BOWLING CARD

Bowler O M R W
Davies 10 3 15 1
Shreck 15 5 34 2
Coles 16 1 51 6
Stevens 1 0 4 0
Tredwell 13 7 10 1
Full Bowling Card