Chapple keeps Lancs alive

Seamer takes 6-40 to cut down Kent

Last Updated: 19/09/08 7:10pm

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Chapple: Match-winner

Chapple: Match-winner

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LV County Championship - Division One
Lancashire 107 & 288 (S G Law 79, Yasir Arafat 4-41) v Kent 233 (G O Jones 91, J M Kemp 56 no, O J Newby 4-79) & 92 (G Chapple 6-40)
Lancashire (17pts) beat Kent (4pts) by 70 runs

Glen Chapple produced a potentially relegation-saving spell of bowling to inspire Lancashire to an astonishing 70-run win over Kent at Liverpool.

Chasing just 163 for victory, Kent capitulated under intense pressure from the home side as they were skittled out for 92.

Chapple finished with figures of 6-40 as Kent are now out of the title race and back into a last week relegation scrap.

Pace bowler Yasir Arafat had earlier polished off Lancashire's second innings with the three wickets of Chapple, Gary Keedy and Oliver Newby in a 10-ball spell.

The Red Rose county were bowled out for 288 - a score which turned out to be the highest score of the match. Chapple began his remarkable day with 45 off 71 balls.

Pakistani Arafat finished with impressive figures of 4-41 from 14 overs while Amjad Khan did not bowl on day three but had already recorded 3-53 from 12 overs.

At that stage Kent looked red-hot favourites to put themselves back in the title race, however early wickets let Lancashire back into the match.

Oliver Newby began the tumble of wickets when he bowled Joe Denly for a duck in his first over, the second of the innings. Denly had recorded a pair.

Geraint Jones, who made 91 in the first innings, was caught behind by Luke Sutton off the bowling of Chapple for a duck to leave the score at 10-2.

Rob Key was the next Kent batsman back in the pavilion when he was caught behind by Sutton off Chapple, for 14. The veteran all-rounder got his third scalp in his following over when Darren Stevens was brilliantly caught by a diving Stuart Law at second slip.

And Justin Kemp played an ill-advised cut to be caught at point by Francois du Plessis to give Tom Smith his first wicket to leave Kent reeling at 30-5.

Kent crawled to 38-5 at lunch but the wickets kept on tumbling after the break. Chapple trapped dangerman Martin van Jaarsveld in front for 23 and went on to dismiss Arafat and James Tredwell to leave the score at 70-8.

Smith grabbed his second wicket by comprehensively bowling Amjad five runs later. And he completed a stunning victory when he trapped Ryan McLaren (27) in front.

Day two

Lancashire are in serious danger of losing their vital LV County Championship Division One clash with Kent despite a stubborn 79 from captain Stuart Law on day two.

The relegation-threatened Red Rose county finished the day 131 runs ahead with just three second innings wicket remaining and desperately require the tail to wag on the crucial third day.

The morning started well enough for Law's men as Kent lost five wickets for 86 runs - Justin Kemp's unbeaten 56 from 82 balls giving the visitors a lead of 126.

Oliver Newby completed figures of 4-79 from 19 overs while Glen Chapple finished with 3-61 from 19 and Steven Croft took 2-34 from eight.

Looking to make steady inroads with the bat, Lancashire lost openers Mark Chilton (2) and Paul Horton (29) early as they stuttered to 64-2.

However, Lancashire captain Law anchored a better Red Rose batting show with a determined 79, while 20 year-old Karl Brown, batting for only the second time in Championship cricket, hit an impressive 40.

Law's dismissal was the last to fall in another eventful day in Liverpool when he steered Ryan McLaren straight to Amjad Khan on the third-man boundary.

That left Lancashire reeling at 218-7 before Chapple (28 not out) set about a late assault to at least give his side some hope going into the third day.

Day one

Kent's bowlers fired them back into the County Championship title picture as Lancashire crumbled in Liverpool when bowled out for 107.

After the opening session at Aigburth was lost to the weather, 15 wickets then fell in 73 overs over a bowling paradise of a pitch that increased Lancashire's relegation worries while keep Kent in title contention.

Robbie Joseph and Amjad Khan rattled through the Lancashire batting line-up with three wickets each as the hosts lasted just 39 overs, while Ryan McLaren and Yasir Arafat also tucked in with two wickets apiece.

Joseph recorded figures of 3-37 from his nine overs while Khan surpassed that with 3-10 from his nine, with only Steven Croft offering any resistance with his knock of 30.

There was plenty of sideways movement for the bowlers to exploit but Kent managed the conditions better as they reached 147-5 by the close thanks to a sparkling 91 from Geraint Jones.

James Tredwell went in Kent's first over of their replay, and although skipper Robert Key only made four Jones' exciting 91 from 88 balls fired Kent in front before he became one of Tom Newby's three wickets.

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