Saturday, August 6th, 2016

County Suffer 10 Wicket Loss At Canterbury

County Suffer 10 Wicket Loss At Canterbury

Worcestershire CCC went down by 10 wickets as Kent completed victory in the Specsavers County Championship match at Canterbury after 75 minutes of the final day.

Veteran Kent seamer Darren Stevens did the damage with the second new ball as Worcestershire, who resumed on 213-6, were dismissed for 251 in 93.3 overs.

Stevens claimed three of the wickets to fall before Kent openers Daniel Bell-Drummond and Sean Dickson knocked off the 12 runs required for victory.

Kent collect 23 points from the game and Worcestershire four – one batting point and three bowling points.

The County now have a week's break from action before the take on Glamorgan in another Championship encounter at New Road starting next Saturday.

Matt Coles, having just taken the second new ball, struck with his fifth ball of the day.

Pushing defensively at one just outside off stump Ben Cox (39) found a thick outside edge for James Tredwell to claim a comfortable catch at second slip.

Joe Leach (3) sparred at one from Stevens to nick behind and give Sam Billings his eighth catch of the match.

Stevens struck again with Worcestershire still six runs in arrears.

Having played and missed at one that clipped his front pad, Kyle Abbott (10) lifted his back foot during a half-hearted lbw appeal allowing Sam Billings to whip off the bails for a gift stumping.

Billings became the 10th Kent keeper to claim nine dismissals in a match.

Ed Barnard (17) struck out lustily to move his side into an 11-run lead before his sliced drive against Stevens flew to Will Gidman at short third man to end the Worcestershire innings soon after noon.

Worcestershire were always fighting an uphill battle after being bowled out for 211 in their first innings after being put into bat.

But they are still well in contention in the race for promotion with five games still remaining.