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Cricket: Riley delighted to help Kent take control

PUBLISHED: 08:52 01 September 2018 | UPDATED: 08:52 01 September 2018

Kent's Adam Riley (pic Gareth Fuller/PA)

Kent's Adam Riley (pic Gareth Fuller/PA)

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Kent spinner Adam Riley was happy to get among the wickets to help force Derbyshire to follow on in their County Championship Division Two encounter.

Riley celebrated his first scalps in four-day cricket since September 2015 as the hosts were dismissed for 400 in reply to Kent’s 561 and then closed on 83-2.

And Riley, who has 5-107 in the match, said: “The target at the start of the day was to get the follow-on enforced and it keeps us in with a shout of getting the victory.

“There was a little bit of spin as the day went on and even when the old ball was 110 overs old it was still spinning which is why we persevered so long with it.

“The aim was always to get back in the first team by performing with the second team and in the last few weeks I’ve taken 20-odd wickets so I got back in on merit.

“We’ve been playing on a few green seamers this year which hasn’t allowed Kent to play a spinner so when you turn up and see all the grass shaved off the wicket, it keeps me in the game and gets me in the team.”

Derbyshire all-rounder Sean Ervine added: “It was tough to bat on it, it is spinning now and there’s variable bounce so it’s hard work but we’ve still got to be quite positive.

“We’ve got to take time out of the game and it’s a matter of trying to eek out a result and obviously we’ve got to get a draw because it’s going to be near on impossible for us to get ahead and then make them chase it down.

“In terms of mindset you can’t be too negative because you’ll miss out on scoring opportunities but your game set-up becomes tighter and then you have to work out how the bowlers are trying to get you out.”

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