Kent thrashed inside two days
Kent thrashed inside two days

Kent were all out for 74 in their second innings and beaten in two days by Glamorgan in the LV= Insurance County Championship.

Darren Stevens celebrated his 45th birthday with his 30th first-class five-wicket haul and figures of five for 53, but Glamorgan took a first-innings lead of 59 runs which Kent only just surpassed.

Glamorgan’s 39-year-old Australian seamer Michael Hogan destroyed the Kent top order with five quick wickets. Hogan produced an exceptional 10 overs to take five for 28.

Glamorgan opener David Lloyd knocked off the 16 runs to win on his own and finished it with a six to record a 10-wicket win.  

A total of 18 wickets fell on day two.

Glamorgan’s overnight batsmen Lloyd and Billy Root were both dismissed as three wickets fell in the half hour played in the morning session before rain meant an early lunch.

Stevens bowled immaculately and trapped Lloyd leg before wicket for 62.
Matthew Milnes then dismissed Root lbw and clean bowled Glamorgan captain Chris Cooke for a golden duck in consecutive deliveries. Wet weather then forced the players from the field.

When the teams returned, Kiran Carlson was caught at second slip by Zak Crawley from the bowling of Stevens and Milnes accounted for Callum Taylor lbw.

Stevens soon grabbed his fifth wicket when Timm van der Gugten was caught behind by Ollie Robinson. Kent’s change bowlers Miguel Cummins and Fredrick Klaassen wrapped up the Glamorgan innings. Kent’s second innings was a disaster.

Opener Daniel Bell-Drummond skied an attempted pull shot off the bowling of Lukas Carey which just escaped Van der Gugten at mid-on, but Hogan did remove Jordan Cox lbw.

Carey then had a huge shout for leg before against Kent’s new man Crawley which was turned down.

Hogan’s accuracy was relentless. He had Bell-Drummond caught behind and clean bowled England’s Crawley – who failed to play a shot – for just a single. Joe Denly was the next to go.

He had nearly been run out by Carlson after dropping his bat, but was then lbw to Lloyd.

Hogan had Robinson caught behind by Cooke after tea as Kent slipped to 41 for five, still 18 runs behind. The Australian then made it five when Jack Leaning looked disappointed to be given out lbw.

Stevens took a wild hack at a Lloyd delivery and was clean bowled.

Kent’s Heino Kuhn was batting with a runner due to a calf problem, but when he was lbw to Van der Gugten, his team collapsed to a paltry 74 all out.

Glamorgan then wrapped up victory with two days to spare.  

Glamorgan’s David Lloyd, who scored 81 runs and took six wickets in the match, said: “It’s a brilliant win for us and it was a crazy day of cricket. I was not expecting us to get a win today. It was a good passage of bowling from us to get early wickets.”

“After the first part of day one we found the right length to bowl on that wicket. We were pretty disappointed to only get a first-innings lead of 59.”

“We wanted in the region of 250 so credit to Kent for that. But we didn’t sulk about it and bowled well from the word go. We stuck to our plans and were relentless. To bowl with Michael Hogan when his tail is up is a good experience for me. It’s pleasing for me personally.”

“I’ve worked hard to get here and I’m trying to enjoy my cricket. We’ve been in a good position for every game of the season so far, but it’s pleasing to get our first win.”  

Kent head coach Matt Walker said: “It was not good enough over the day and three quarters for which the game lasted. It wasn’t an easy pitch to play on and when you look at the batting that was reflected by the scores.”

“Regardless of the pitch we have to be better than that and we didn’t find the answer. Some of the boys will look back on good balls which got them out, but we have to better.”

“Two poor batting innings on good pitches leads to a lack of a confidence and it’s difficult to find a performance on a pitch like this. Glamorgan bowled very well. Michael Hogan was outstanding at time.”

“It always looks bad when you lose a game by 10 wickets. We haven’t played well in the last three weeks and this result typifies that. Some of our players aren’t performing to the levels they can.”