Champions humbled by Kent

Veteran former Test star finishes with 10-wicket haul

Last Updated: 25/05/10 7:29pm

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Ntini: heading home

Ntini: heading home

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South African paceman Makhaya Ntini bowled Kent to an innings victory over champions Durham inside five sessions at Chester-le-Street.

LV County Championship - Division One Riverside - Day Two Durham 121 (A Khan 5-43, M Ntini 4-53) & 195 (M J Di Venuto 86, B A Stokes 53, M Ntini 6-51) v Kent 320 (D I Stevens 102) Kent (22pts) beat Durham (3pts) by an innings and 4 runs

In his final game before returning home to act as an ambassador at the World Cup, Ntini finished with 6 for 51 and 10 wickets in the match, as Durham were dismissed for 195, still four short of making Kent bat again.

Durham's 18-year-old left-hander Ben Stokes batted with a runner as he blasted a 39-ball half-century, but his resistance failed to inspire any of his team-mates other than Michael Di Venuto.

Stokes made 53 out of a sixth-wicket stand of 81 before being bowled by Ntini, then Liam Plunkett suffered the same fate three balls later.

Four overs later former Proteas Test star Ntini struck twice more, having Di Venuto caught at first slip for 86 and Chris Rushworth taken by wicketkeeper Geraint Jones off an inside edge.

Ntini ended Durham's resistance - such as it was - by pinning Steve Harmison lbw for a duck.

At the start of the day, Mitch Claydon and Plunkett took a wicket each to wrap up the Kent innings and finish with three apiece.

Day One

Kent seamers Amjad Khan and Makhaya Ntini shared nine wickets as Durham were bowled out for 121 shortly after lunch on the first day at the Riverside.

Amjad claimed 5-43 and Ntini 4-53 to make a mockery of home skipper Phil Mustard's decision to bat first.

Ben Stokes' top scored with 27 in a miserable effort from the two-time defending champions that lasted just 34.5 overs.

Kent, who lost to Durham at Canterbury last week, took an aggressive approach in reply, reaching 305-8 by stumps, a lead of 184.

Darren Stevens is in for an anxious wait after being left on 99 not out overnight, having struck 11 fours and a six during his 106-ball effort thus far.

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