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Last Updated: Tuesday, 17 May, 2005, 16:24 GMT 17:24 UK
Kent demolish woeful Derbyshire
C&G Trophy, second round, Derby
Kent 257-4 beat Derbyshire 130 by 127 runs
This is a poor, poor day for Derbyshire cricket and I am deeply disappointed
Director of cricket Dave Houghton

Kent put up a dominant all-round display to dump Derbyshire out of the C&G Trophy with a 127-run win in Derby.

Kent posted 257-4 after losing the toss, with Geraint Jones firing 70 off 75 balls, Matthew Walker 56 off 74 and Darren Stevens 47 not out off 42 balls.

Martin Saggers (3-21) was the chief destroyer as Derbyshire then slumped to 27-5 and never recovered.

Skipper Luke Sutton tried to mount a fightback with 41, but the hosts perished for just 130 in the 43rd over.

Stevens weighed in with figures of 2-35 - including Sutton caught and bowled - to cap a fine all-round performance.

It was Jones' first fifty of the season, and he put on 123 for the first wicket with England hopeful Rob Key who made 41.

Ant Botha was the only Derbyshire bowler to do anything of note, returning 3-40 from his 10 overs. Contrastingly, Tom Lungley conceded 42 runs in five wicketless overs.

Supporters jeered Derbyshire off the ground with shouts of "what a load of rubbish" and director of cricket Dave Houghton was in no mood to argue.

"This is a poor, poor day for Derbyshire cricket and I am deeply disappointed," he said.

"I have threatened to make changes and now I will - there will be three or four for the floodlit game on Friday and for the Championship match next week.

"We have capable players but we are not performing when it counts.

"All we can do is keep working as hard as we can but at the moment we don't know where the next run is coming from, let alone the next win."

Kent coach Graham Ford reckoned his batsmen set up victory on a pitch that helped the bowlers.

"I am very happy with that performance, it was a tough pitch to bat on throughout and I thought the two openers played superbly.

"The conditions certainly favoured the bowlers and they batted very well in tough circumstances which really set us up.

"Our total was above par and we felt if we could get the ball in the right areas early on we could put Derbyshire under pressure and we did exactly that."

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