Search

Stevens stars as Kent take charge at Gloucestershire

PUBLISHED: 19:04 10 June 2018

Kent's Joe Denly hits out (pic John Walton/PA)

Kent's Joe Denly hits out (pic John Walton/PA)

PA Archive/PA Images

Darren Stevens once again demonstrated that age is no object as Kent took charge on the second day of the Specsavers County Championship match against Gloucestershire at Bristol.

Darren Stevens of Kent appeals for a wicket (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)Darren Stevens of Kent appeals for a wicket (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Still campaigning successfully in Division Two at 42, the veteran all-rounder scored an enterprising half-century and shared in a stand of 161 with centurion Joe Denly as the visitors ran up a record-breaking first-innings total of 582-9 declared.

Stevens then took 2-11 in eight overs with the new ball as Gloucestershire’s top order imploded, the hosts reaching the close on 44-4.

Jack Taylor was unbeaten on 24 and Graeme van Buuren five not out, but Gloucestershire still trail by 538 runs with six wickets left, needing a further 388 to avoid following on.

Five sessions in the field clearly took their toll, Stevens bowling Benny Howell without scoring via an inside edge and then knocking back Chris Dent’s middle stump as Gloucestershire’s captain shouldered arms.

Generating genuine pace at the other end, New Zealander Matt Henry had Gareth Roderick caught at gully and James Bracey edged a Harry Podmore length ball to the slips as the home side collapsed under scoreboard pressure.

Their attack denuded by the injury-enforced absence of Dan Worrall, Liam Norwell and David Payne, Gloucestershire were made to toil in the heat as bat dominated ball on a characteristically low and slow pitch during the first two sessions.

Denly and Stevens ensured there was no let-up after Kent resumed on 297-4, the fifth-wicket pair holding sway for 37 overs to lay the foundations for Kent’s highest ever total in a match at Bristol.

Leading by example, Denly posted a 93-ball fifty before moving up through the gears to register his first hundred of the season from 174 deliveries with 13 fours.

Stevens matched his captain blow for blow in a forthright innings of 89 from 113 balls, the veteran campaigner opening his shoulders to plunder 13 fours and a six.

Although Kieran Noema-Barnett snared Stevens and Craig Miles, again the pick of the home bowlers, had Denly caught at the wicket shortly after lunch, there was no respite for a Gloucestershire side that visibly wilted under fire from Adam Rouse and Podmore.

Kent’s seventh-wicket duo added 96 in 24.5 overs, both batsmen contributing half-centuries to hasten a declaration that came shortly after the tea interval.

Miles’ persistence was rewarded with figures of 4-122 and slow left-armer Van Buuren weighed in with 3-74 but, for the rest of Gloucestershire’s bowlers, it was a day to forget.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Gravesend Reporter visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Gravesend Reporter staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Gravesend Reporter account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest News

Yesterday, 11:19

Officers investigating a collision in Dartford after a vehicle failed to stop for police are appealing for witnesses.

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Mayor of Gravesham cllr David Hurley led a crowd of cadets, scouts, brownies, councillors, members of Kent Police and more to Windmill Hill Gardens this morning (Sunday, November 11) in a procession to mark Remembrance Day.

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Jamie Brown, of Archant Local Impact, explains how to make your business stand out from the crowd

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Wondering what the weather has in store for us this weekend? Watch our Met Office video forecast.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Pickled cucumber jars containing what is believed to be cannabis prompted Kent Police officers to arrest two men.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Kent Police are appealing for information following a burglary in Dartford.

Most read

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Gravesend Reporter e-edition today
E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Gravesend Reporter twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Show Job Lists

Family Notices 24