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Jack Brooks' burst fires Northants to win over Kent

Northants 480 beat Kent 202 &119 by an innings and 159 runs
Northants 22pts, Kent 3pts
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LV County Championship

Pace bowler Jack Brooks took a career-best 4-36 as Northants wrapped up a three-day win over Kent to go top of Division Two at Wantage Road.

The home side added 51 to their overnight score before being bowled out for 480, captain Andrew Hall eventually departing for 146 off 297 balls.

Brooks then ripped through the Kent top order as Kent were skittled for 119 to go down by an innings and 159 runs.

Only England spinner James Tredwell, who hit 35, emerged with any credit.

Hall only added five to his overnight total before his brilliant innings came to an end when he was superbly caught by substitute fielder Ashley Shaw at midwicket.

James Middlebrook, who helped put on 127 for the eighth wicket with Hall, was left unbeaten on 74.

Trailing by 278, Kent's second innings got off to a bad start when Joe Denly was caught behind in just the third over.

Captain Rob Key followed cheaply in the next - and the visitors were left floundering on 15-3 when Brooks clipped Sam Northeast's off stump.

We got our just rewards. It's no more simple than that. They deserved to win.

Kent coach Paul Farbrace

Amazingly, it was 25-5 at lunch, with Brooks on fire again when he forced Jones to edge behind before Vaas took out Martin van Jaarsveld's off stump.

Kent's woes continued in the third over of the afternoon when Darren Stevens was trapped lbw by Brooks off the first delivery he faced.

Lee Daggett was brought into the attack in the 22nd over and he ended Alex Blake's resistance on 18 by forcing him to fend to David Sales at second slip.

Stephen Peters then took a superb one-handed catch at short mid-on to dismiss Matt Coles off Daggett before Middlebrook pinned Cook lbw, both batsmen falling

Victory for Northants was then secured when Tredwell, launched Alex Wakely straight to Middlebrook at point.

BBC Radio Kent's Ben Croucher:

"Kent were comprehensively outplayed by Northants in every session at Wantage Road.

"Kent's bowling attack simply wasn't clinical enough. With Coles and Stevens injured and Tredwell failing to extract any turn on a fairly flat wicket, the Northants batsmen could take their time and play themselves in.

"Contrast this with Kent's hapless top order, who were undone expertly by a brutal opening burst from Vaas and Brooks before lunch."

Kent coach Paul Farbrace told BBC Radio Kent:
"Having played well at Chelmsford we were disappointed, it's not what we expected. We didn't play well enough and our skill level wasn't good enough over the three days.

"They played better than us, it's no more simple than that, they deserved to win.

"Sometimes you play well and don't get your just rewards. We got our just rewards. We lost by an innings and 100 runs.

"There was the odd individual performance that was OK but as a team, last week we won playing good cricket, this week we lost playing poor cricket."

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see also
Hall's ton leaves Kent in trouble
15 Apr 11 |  Counties
Vaas wickets gives Northants edge
14 Apr 11 |  Counties

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