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Darren Stevens knock helps Kent halt Yorkshire charge

LV COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION ONE, Canterbury:
CLOSE OF PLAY, DAY ONE: Kent 313-9 v Yorkshire
Kent 3pts, Yorks 3pts
Match scorecard


Kent batsman Darren Stevens
Yorkshire wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow (centre) looks on as Darren Stevens hits through the leg side at Canterbury

Darren Stevens hit 92 to rescue Kent on day one against Yorkshire.

After the home side won the toss at Canterbury, Tim Bresnan (4-52) and David Wainwright (2-49) both struck twice to leave Rob Key's side on 131-5.

Stevens then arrived to share 64 with James Hockley and a seventh-wicket stand of 89 with James Tredwell (32) to revive the hosts.

But Bresnan and Ajmal Shahzad each took two wickets before stumps to leave Kent 313-9 and the game finely poised.

A torrid opening session for Kent saw captain Key caught behind by Jonny Bairstow off Shahzad for five and Joe Denly (32) and Geraint Jones (28) fall to Wainwright and Bresnan respectively when both seemed well set.

Worse was to follow after lunch when Sam Northeast missed an attempted sweep to be trapped lbw by Wainwright and Martin van Jaarsveld helped a Bresnan leg-side bouncer through to Bairstow.

It was left to Stevens, first with Hockley and then with Tredwell to mount the recovery, by keeping his attacking instincts in check and occupying the crease for nearly three hours.

He had hit 12 fours and one six from 125 balls when he fenced a Shahzad bouncer to second slip, but by that time the score had moved to 284.

Tredwell's resistance ended when he chopped on from Bresnan, with the England man picking up his fourth victim from the final ball of the day when Azhar Mahmood (21) edged to slip, where Jacques Rudolph claimed a stunning catch.


Kent spinner James Tredwell told BBC Radio Kent:
"I think if we have come in maybe six or seven wickets down then it might have been a bit of a better day for us.

"But I think it's probably in the balance at the moment.

"Obviously you don't know how the wicket is really playing until you've gone and bowled on it.

"But to have 300 on the board from the start we had and with Darren playing well, I think we're reasonably happy at the end of the day."



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