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Cricket: Walker delighted with ‘outstanding’ Kent win

PUBLISHED: 08:09 02 September 2018 | UPDATED: 08:09 02 September 2018

Kent's Darren Stevens (left) coach Matt Walker, vice Captain Joe Denly, coach Allan Donald and Will Gidman (right) prepare for a team picture during the media day at the Spitfire Ground, Canterbury (pic Gareth Fuller/PA)

Kent's Darren Stevens (left) coach Matt Walker, vice Captain Joe Denly, coach Allan Donald and Will Gidman (right) prepare for a team picture during the media day at the Spitfire Ground, Canterbury (pic Gareth Fuller/PA)

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Kent head coach Matt Walker praised his players following their six-wicket win at Derbyshire in County Championship Division Two.

Joe Denly produced career-best bowling figures of 4-36, after earlier success for Adam Riley (4-68), as the hosts were dismissed for 270 having been made to follow on.

Zak Crawley (34), Heino Kuhn (24) and Daniel Bell-Drummond (22 not out) all chipped in as Kent raced to their 110-run target inside 20 overs and Walker said: “It was an outstanding win, probably the best of the season for us.

“That was a proper four-day game of cricket and we haven’t had many of those this year where it’s gone to the last day and we’ve had to put absolutely everything out on the park to come away with a win.

“That makes me extremely proud and should make the lads extremely proud because we haven’t had too many of those hard-fought long games this year and for attitude it’s as good as I’ve seen.

“I said in the dressing room it’s been a long time since I’ve seen a Kent performance like that from ball one to the final knockings where the attitude, energy and commitment was just first-class.”

Derbyshire captain Billy Godleman added: “It was obviously a pretty docile wicket but as Kent showed across their 200 overs if you were able to put the ball in and around the top of off stump and set some astute fields it was difficult to score and we allowed them to score miles too quickly on day one.

“From the batting side quite a lot of us in both innings got in, but no one made three figures and one of us in the top four needs to be making a big hundred and then you find another 70 or 80 runs on top of what they chased and it becomes a tricky one.

“Although the scorecard in this instance wouldn’t reflect the amount of time they batted and the job they did for the team I think everybody contributed but first and foremost we allowed Kent to score too freely in the first innings.”

Sean Ervine, who is on loan from Hampshire, led the Derbyshire team off at the end and Godleman said: “Sean shared with the group that he has had a long hard think about his career and he’s decided to retire from the game.

“Although he’s only been with us for a couple of games, we’ve all played against him for many years and he’s been a fantastic performer and most importantly a really good solid cricket man and he’s one of the good guys in professional cricket.”

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