Kent opener Zak Crawley hit a fluent maiden first-class century to bolster his side’s promotion hopes and leave the Hop County in total command of their Specsavers County Championship clash with Division Two basement side Glamorgan.
On a day when young, top-order batsmen shone for their respective clubs, Zak Crawley hit a fluent 56 not out to give Kent the advantage on the opening day of their Specsavers County Championship clash with Glamorgan in Canterbury.
Kent’s promotion drive in the Specsavers County Championship moves to the Home of Cricket from Monday when Sam Billings’ side take on Middlesex in a crucial Division Two encounter over four days at Lord’s.
Matt Henry was again Kent’s spearhead with 4-72 as they completed a 102-run victory against Northamptonshire at Canterbury and maintained their Specsavers County Championship Division Two promotion push.
Kent captain Sam Billings has asked his side to move on and focus on winning red-ball promotion after the Spitfires Vitality Blast T20 campaign came to a “hugely frustrating end” in Canterbury last Thursday.
Twenty wickets fell on a highly dramatic opening day at Tunbridge Wells, with Specsavers County Championship Division Two leaders Warwickshire dismissing second-placed Kent for 197 before themselves crumbling to 125 in reply after tea.
Kent head coach Matt Walker says that strength of character and a surge in his team’s confidence have transformed Kent from south group also-rans into Royal London One-day Cup knock-out stage qualifiers.
Heino Kuhn and Joe Denly hit centuries as Kent secured their fifth successive Royal London One-day Cup win and their second high-scoring victory in Beckenham within 72 hours by sweeping aside Gloucestershire to triumph by seven wickets.