Search

County Championship: Kent head coach Matt Walker full of praise for bowling unit

PUBLISHED: 08:45 10 May 2018

Kent's Darren Stevens (left) coach Matt Walker, Vice Captain Joe Denly, coach Allan Donald and Will Gidman (right) (pic: Gareth Fuller/PA)

Kent's Darren Stevens (left) coach Matt Walker, Vice Captain Joe Denly, coach Allan Donald and Will Gidman (right) (pic: Gareth Fuller/PA)

PA Wire/PA Images

While Darren Stevens and Matt Henry continue to take the bulk of Kent’s championship wickets, it is the contribution of the county’s so-called lesser-light bowlers who are attracting most praise from head coach Matt Walker.

Stevens and Henry shared all 10 first-innings wickets and went on to take 16 between them during the county’s three-day win over Glamorgan at Sophia Gardens this week. Yet it was Harry Podmore, the winter recruit from Middlesex, and a fit-again Ivan Thomas whose tight bowling stints drew acclaim from their boss.

The hosts were skittled for a meagre 94 first time around then, with an 80-run lead at the mid-point, Kent’s bowlers continued to chip away by dismissing Glamorgan for 274 in their second innings.

Heino Kuhn’s unbeaten 65, coupled with 30s from Daniel Bell-Drummond and Sean Dickson, ensured that Kent ultimately made light of their run chase of 195, crossing the winning line with six wickets and four sessions in hand.

After his side’s second successive three-day win on the road, Walker said: “It was a really bizarre first day. I thought we bowled magnificently to keep them to 57 for no wicket in the first session when we didn’t really have that much luck.

“We have seen before this season that you often earn your right to success in the following session and that’s how it proved to be in Cardiff. To bowl them out for 37 runs in that mid-session on day one was extraordinary. Everybody bowled brilliantly.

“Ivan and Harry came on before lunch and kept it tight, which was crucial for us. Then, all those guys got their rewards in a crazy second session.”

Walker added: “Matt is bowling brilliantly and ‘Stevo’ is still doing his thing. It’s the bowling unit I’m most pleased with. I was delighted how all our seamers performed in this game, but overall, we played a fantastic three days of cricket and it was an extremely professional performance from start to finish.

“We came through some tests that hadn’t been put our way previously this season; to bowl on a wicket that was improving as a pitch was always going to be a test when it eventually came along having had a couple of bowler-friendly wickets in the past two games.

“Yes, I was very pleased with the win, it’s probably the best victory that I’ve been involved with as head coach. It’s difficult to gauge where you are after these low-scoring games, but we are getting better and we showed here that when the pitches improve — as this one did — our batters also improve.”

Walker will be looking for further improvement from Friday when his third-placed side entertain second-placed Sussex at The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence.

Kent completed a Championship win double over their neighbours inside six weeks last season but, under the stewardship of coach Jason Gillespie — Kent’s interim assistant coach for 2017 — Sussex are proving a much tougher nut to crack this term.

Acting Kent captain Joe Denly seems likely to name an unchanged squad and starting XI, but Calum Haggett continues to push his claims with encouraging displays with bat and ball in the second team.

Grant Stewart is also on the comeback trail from a hamstring injury, but the game with Sussex may come a little too soon for the Aussie-raised all-rounder.

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 Bexley Times 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 Bexley Times 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 Bexley Times 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 Bexley news

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Centuries from Dominic Sibley and Will Rhodes left Warwickshire strongly-placed against Kent in the Specsavers County Championship Division Two title-showdown at Edgbaston.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Kent head coach Matt Walker was disappointed to see his side outplayed by County Championship Division Two title rivals Warwickshire on day one of their match at Edgbaston.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

A man from Bexley who was in a band in the 1960s last month had his dream come true when his former band members reunited to play at a charity dance.

Monday, September 24, 2018

Warwickshire took huge strides towards the Specsavers County Championship Division Two title by totally dominating the opening day against rivals Kent at Edgbaston.

Monday, September 24, 2018

Officers are appealing for information following an assault in Albany Park station.

Monday, September 24, 2018

The most popular names given to baby boys and girls last year in East London suggests that where you live could influence what name you choose for your child.

Monday, September 24, 2018

Bexleyheath based big cat keeper and author, Martin Hill, has released another picture book about the relationship between three young big cats.

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Kent travel to Birmingham for their Specsavers County Championship Division Two title showdown with Warwickshire starting on Monday.

Most read news

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Bexley Times e-edition today
E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Bexley Times twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Show Job Lists

Family Notices 24