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Denly dominates to spice up Kent

Denly dominates to spice up Kent

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Joe Denly’s twenty third first-class century led a spirited Kent fightback on the opening day in opposition to Glamorgan

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25-Sep-2017

Joe Denly made a superb century, Northamptonshire v Kent, County Championship, Division Two, Wantage Road, 1st day, May 15, 2016

Joe Denly made an outstanding century  •  Getty Photographs

Glamorgan 18 for 1 path Kent 302 (Denly 152, Hogan 4-44)

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Joe Denly‘s twenty third first-class century led a spirited Kent fightback on the opening day of their Specsavers County Championship match with Division Two rivals Glamorgan in Canterbury.

The hosts had misplaced 4 wickets and Denly had but to get off the mark after Glamorgan’s tempo assault made a fiery begin on a well-grassed pitch, however 31-year-old Denly dug in to publish his fourth championship ton of the summer time and lead the hosts to relative riches at 302 all out.

Within the 13 overs by to stumps, Glamorgan reached 18 for 1 to path by 284 runs. The guests, who named seven graduates from the junior Welsh ranks of their beginning XI, misplaced Nick Selman within the third over to a catch on the wicket off Adam Milne, however performed with spirit thereafter in quick fading mild.

Batting first when Glamorgan opted to bowl after an uncontested toss, Kent had been indebted to No. 3 Denly for contributing over half the house whole and for salvaging the innings from the depths of 39 for 4.

Kent misplaced each openers inside the first 37 deliveries of the match. Sean Dickson, prodding outdoors off in opposition to Michael Hogan, edged low to David Lloyd at slip, then, to the subsequent supply from Lucas Carey, Daniel Bell-Drummond aimed an expansive drive with out shifting his ft and feathered one although to the gloves of Chris Cooke.

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The Kent malaise worsened when skipper Sam Northeast chased a large, floating away-swinger from Carey to be caught at slip and shortly after, Sam Billings’ 14-ball keep ended for 18. Pushing on the again foot to a Rory Smith away-swinger that began on a fourth-stump line and saved swinging, Billings lamely adopted to edge to the keeper. The suitable-hander additionally stood his floor, forcing umpire Nigel Cowley, officiating in his ultimate sport, to boost the finger.

With Denly becalmed on a single for 45 minutes, the hosts lastly raised their 50 within the nineteenth over, however the interval solely served to interrupt Zak Crawley’s focus and his helpful contribution ended within the second over after the resumption. Aiming a leg-side flick in opposition to Hogan, he discovered a vanguard to balloon a easy catch to mid-off.

Hogan struck once more quickly after, snaring Darren Stevens lbw with an off-cutter that darted again up the slope whereas Stevens shouldered arms.

Denly and Callum Haggett joined forces so as to add a helpful 87 till Haggett fell simply earlier than tea, departing lbw after working throughout the road of a Lloyd in-swinger.

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Denly discovered one other keen ally in Milne who performed some eye-catching drives in shifting to 33 for his half in an eighth-wicket stand of 57. Milne should have gone for 28 when he skied to deep sq. leg, solely to be downed by Connor Brown. The blunder mattered little, nonetheless, as Milne quickly nicked to slide in opposition to Craig Meschede to spark a secondary collapse.

Denly posted his 10,000th run in first-class cricket and moved previous 150 from 200 balls however, after 300 minutes on the crease, he danced down the pitch to Lloyd aiming an expansive lofted shot solely to be bowled.

Kent debutant Grant Stewart acquired off the mark with a rasping pulled boundary in opposition to Smith however, with the brand new ball obtainable, Hogan returned to have final man Imran Qayyum caught at second slip
Hogan completed with 4 for 44, however Kent additionally had purpose to be happy with a comeback that finally reaped three batting bonus factors.

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