First victory for Kent
Kent seal first win despite late collapse
Last Updated: 01/06/11 5:45pm
Denly: Guided Kent to victory
Kent overcame a late wobble to post their first championship victory of the season against fellow division two strugglers Leicestershire.
Needing just 155 for victory off a minimum of 74 overs Kent were coasting on 137-1 before veteran spinner Claude Henderson claimed four wickets, but by then the damage had been done.
Leicestershire advanced their overnight score of 308-7 to 362 all out after following on, Henderson and Jigar Naik adding a further 30 runs to their eighth-wicket partnership - which was worth 92 before Naik was bowled by Adam Ball.
Matthew Hoggard contributed a further 19 but the victory target was soon eroded despite the early loss of Robert Key for Kent, who was caught behind off Nadeem Malik for one.
Joe Denly (74) and Sam Northeast (62) put on 135 before substitute fielder Josh Cobb took a stunning over the shoulder catch at deep cover that got rid of Northeast.
Denly then edged Henderson's next ball to 'keeper Tom New while Darren Stevens and Geraint Jones fell to the spinner with just two more needed.
Martin van Jaarsveld completed the win on the stroke of tea, with Kent picking up 24 points to Leicester's three.
Kent turned the screw on fellow strugglers Leicestershire as they enforced the follow on and made big inroads into the Foxes for the second time at Tunbridge Wells.
James Tredwell completed his five-for, as did Matt Coles, as Kent bowled the visitors out for 251 and Robert Key duly enforced the follow-on by noon on the third day.
Leicestershire fared slightly better in their second attempt, although in closing the day on 308-7 they had built a lead of just 100 and still staring down the barrel.
Robbie Jospeh was wayward to say the least but also effective for Kent as he took 4-57, including the prize wicket of James Taylor, who had provided the main source of resistance in both Leicestershire innings'.
Taylor will count himself unlucky after falling for 49 in the first innings and then going for 96 in his second, when a century would have been just reward for his efforts.
England spinner James Tredwell took 4-46 to put Kent back in total control against a struggling Leicestershire side at Tunbridge Wells.
The Foxes will begin day three 239 runs in arrears as they slipped to 220-6 after Kent racked up 459 despite losing their last seven wickets for 30 runs.
Leicestershire made a measured start with Will Jefferson (77) adding 57 with Matt Boyce (23) and 67 with Paul Nixon (8) as they reached 124-2.
But Tredwell had Jefferson and Wayne White (5) stumped by Geraint Jones while Andrew MacDonald flicked him to short mid-wicket and Tom New (11) nicked one to slip.
James Taylor (43not out) and Jigar Naik added 59 for the seventh wicket to give the visitors some hope after their spirits had been raised earlier in the day.
Resuming on 376-3, Kent were looking at a monster total but Martin van Jaarsveld (33) was the first of four White victims when he was caught at slip, while former Fox Darren Stevens made 38 before he trapped in front by Naik (3-87).
Of the final six batsmen only Matt Coles reached double figures as the visitors bowled themselves back into the match.
Joe Denly scored his first County Championship century since 2009 as Kent's batsmen enjoyed a prolific opening day in the bottom-of-the-table clash against Division Two rivals Leicestershire.
Kent have targeted victory to kickstart their injury-ravaged opening to the campaign and they made a great start by reaching 376-3 at the close of play.
Opener Denly made 143 before he was bowled by Matthew Hoggard when the former England seamer took the second new ball.
Rob Key had earlier hit 91, also a season's best for him, as he shared a superb first-wicket stand of 198 before drilling a return catch to seamer Andrew McDonald.
Sam Northeast joined Denly in the middle and the pair linked up in an equally productive second-wicket stand of 140 to maintain the pressure on Hoggard's men.
Northeast continued the good work and scored 99 before he was cruelly dismissed by the last ball of the day.