Mahmood leads Kent home

Mahmood takes five wickets as Kent down Gloucestershire

Last Updated: 03/07/09 2:17pm

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Mahmood: devastating spell

Mahmood: devastating spell

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LV County Championship - Division Two
Beckenham
Kent 231 (M van Jaarsveld 53) & 266 (M van Jaarsveld 62, S P Kirby 5-44, V Banerjee 4-58) v Gloucestershire 166 (S J Cook 5-22) & 255 (J Lewis 61 no, Azhar Mahmood 5-39, J C Tredwell 4-84)
Kent (18pts) beat Gloucestershire (3pts) by 76 runs

Azhar Mahmood completed a five-wicket haul and James Tredwell added four as Kent cleaned up the five wickets they needed to beat Division Two leaders Gloucestershire.

Still needing 201 with five wickets down, Gloucestershire faced a daunting day, and it ended in expected defeat for them before lunch.

Tredwell got the ball rolling by trapping Vikram Banerjee lbw for one, before Mahmood removed Steve Snell for eight by the same method and Gloucestershire slipped to 161-7.

Simon Cook got his only wicket when sending Gemaal Hussain packing, but James Franklin and Jon Lewis combined for a defiant ninth-wicket stand of 57.

Tredwell got rid of Franklin for 41 and Mahmood completed his five-for taking Steve Kirby's wicket, leaving a gallant Lewis stranded on 61 not out.

Mahmood finished with figures of 5-39 and Tredwell 4-84 as Kent enjoyed a 76-run victory.

Day Three

Azhar Mahmood took three wickets as Division Two leaders Gloucestershire slumped to 131-5 chasing a victory target of 332 by the close of day three against Kent at Beckenham.

The Pakistan seamer accounted for William Porterfield (11), Hamish Marshall (45) and Craig Spearman (13) to record figures of 3-11 from 11 overs.

He was ably supported by off-spinner James Tredwell (2-50), who removed Kadeer Ali (38) and Alex Gidman (12) to leave the visitors floundering.

Kent had earlier been bowled out for 266 in their second innings after resuming at 149-6 on the third morning.

It could have been worse as last-wicket pair Ryan McLaren (42) and Simon Cook (40no) put on 87 after the hosts had slipped to 179-9.

Gloucestershire paceman Steve Kirby finished with 5-44, while left-arm spinner Vikram Banerjee scalped 4-58.

Day two

A five-wicket haul from Simon Cook and a determined 62 from Martin van Jaarsveld put Kent in control of their low-scoring clash with Gloucestershire.

Having been bowled out for 231 on day one at Beckenham, the hosts fought back - firstly with the ball by skittling their opponents for just 166.

Seamer Cook, playing in just his third LV County Championship match of 2009, returned season's best figures to help his side claim a 65-run lead.

Craig Spearman was the key scalp for 47, as Gloucestershire lost their last eight wickets for just 97 runs to leave themselves in trouble.

However, Steve Kirby quickly put Kent on the back foot, claiming three early scalps as the home side slumped to 82-4 in their second innings.

Van Jaarsveld teamed up with fellow South African Justin Kemp (25 not out) to add 55 before departing to the seamer, who finished the day with 4-25. Kent closed on 149-6 - giving them an overall lead of 214.

Day one

Kent were bowled out for 231 after choosing to bat first against Division Two leaders Gloucestershire at Beckenham.

In sweltering conditions, Gloucestershire's four-pronged pace attack combined well to skittle the hosts out shortly after tea despite a quick, bouncy pitch and near ideal batting conditions at the Worsley Bridge Road ground.

Former Worcestershire second XI seamer Gemaal Hussain bagged 2-73 on his championship bow, including a rapid yorker that shattered the stumps of Ryan McLaren (0).

It was experienced seamers Steve Kirby (2-25) and James Franklin (2-38), with two wickets apiece, who caused the early problems, before left-arm spinner Vikram Banerjee (3-58) followed up with a trio of middle-order victims.

Though six Kent batsmen reached double figures only one, Martin van Jaarsveld (53), made a half-century as they were restricted to a single batting bonus point.

Gloucestershire lost William Porterfield and Hamish Marshall on the way to stumps at 69-2 in reply, still 162 behind.

Off-spinner James Tredwell (1-9) had Porterfield (19) caught by Justin Kemp at slip and Kemp held another catch - this time off medium pacer Azhar Mahmood (1-19) - to remove Marshall (4).

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