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Derbyshire v Kent: Day One Report and Highlights

Derbyshire have dismissed Kent for 265 inside the first 20 minutes on Day Two at the County Ground, with three wickets apiece for Tim Groenewald and Mark Turner (pictured).

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Yesterday, Derbyshire's bowlers produced a clinical performance on the opening dayof their LV=County Championship match against Kent at the County Ground, restrict the visitors to 238-8 at the close.

In a rain-affected day, Tim Groenewald returned figures of 3-41 before Matt Coles (51*) frustrated the hosts as he and Mark Davies added an unbeaten 64 for the ninth wicket.

Having won the toss and elected to bowl first in overcast conditions, Derbyshire were thwarted early on as the Kent openers of Rob Key and Sam Northeast set off briskly.

The visitors’ score had advanced to 37-0 from eight overs before Key fell for five; his loose drive finding Wes Durston at first slip off Tony Palladino.

Northeast – coming into the game on the back of two consecutive First-Class centuries – looked in fine form and brought up his 50 from just 64 balls containing nine fours.

However a solid platform of 62-1 was soon dismantled as Ben Harmison (5) edged to Dan Redfern at third slip off Turner before Northeast (52) himself was comprehensively bowled by Jon Clare; Kent 69-3.

A decent session for the hosts improved still further shortly before the Lunch interval as Brendan Nash – dropped the previous over – found Matt Lineker at gully to give Palladino his second wicket; Nash gone for 15 and Kent 96-4 at Lunch.

Kent’s progress at the start of the second session began much in the same way as it had in the first with the experienced pair of Mike Powell and Darren Stevens moving the score to 123-4.

However the introduction of Groenewald saw the latter bowled for 16 as the black clouds surrounding the ground loomed ominously.

With Kent 123-5 in the 35th over, the rain did arrive, ensuring a 50 minute interruption with the loss of six overs in the day.

The resumption of play saw Derbyshire gain further inroads as former England wicketkeeper Geraint Jones’ drive could only find Turner at cover off Groenewald for four.

The rain then promptly returned, heavier than before; the players consequently taking an early Tea.

Play got back underway at 4:45pm with 26 overs lost to the day and the hosts continued their momentum; Groenewald accounting for James Tredwell, clean bowled for two.

Powell and Coles then briefly steadied things for the visitors before the former played an uncharacteristic loose drive; edging to Johnson for 45 to give Turner his second wicket of the innings.

A resolute Coles (51*) and Mark Davies (17*) then saw Kent past 200, adding an unbeaten for the ninth wicket as Kent closed on 238-8.

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