Cricket: Kent’s Milnes delighted to hit landmark
PUBLISHED: 07:21 18 September 2019 | UPDATED: 07:21 18 September 2019
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Kent bowler Matt Milnes was delighted to reach 50 wickets for the season on day two of their County Championship clash at Yorkshire.
After declaring on their overnight 482-8, the visitors made inroads to dismiss their rivals for 269 and lead by 215 runs heading into day three.
And Milnes, who took 5-87 from 21 overs, said: "I think it was quite a good day for us. We stuck to the task pretty well throughout.
"We started very well through Darren Stevens (2-50) and Harry Podmore (2-60). 'Podders' bowled exceptionally well and didn't get his rewards. Then Mitch Claydon and Ollie Rayner were economical.
"We maybe got a bit more out of the pitch than they did, which is promising for the second innings.
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"I'm delighted with that (50 wickets for the season). If you'd have offered me that at the start of the season, I would have snapped your hand off. I've exceeded all expectations with that. I was aiming for about 30."
However, Milnes revealed that his success will come at a cost, after seeing teammate and housemate Podmore have less fortune with the ball.
He added: "Podders must have got seven chances for wickets today with nicks falling short.
"Podders said, 'Let's have a meal on whoever gets to 50 first'. We were on 48 then.
"I said, 'No chance because you'll get it with the new ball'. He claims he'll give me a meal, but I can't take it off him because I declined his offer."
Kent openers Zak Crawley and Daniel Bell-Drummond faced two overs before the close, after the visitors chose not to enforce the follow-on, and Milnes revealed: "We want to bowl last on that pitch. That will give Ollie Rayner the best chance as well because I thought he bowled really well.
"Hopefully he can get some poles in the second innings. It was also a good chance to get the feet up for a little bit."