Kent v Northants: Duo score fifties before Copeland tears into Kent

County Championship Division Two, Canterbury

Close, day one: Kent 271 v Northants

Kent 2pts, Northants 3pts

Match scorecard

Daniel Bell-Drummond and Matthew Powell hit fifties in a stand of 149 before Trent Copeland stole the show as Northants bowled the hosts out for 271.

Kent were well on top at 204-3 until Aussie seamer Steven Crook removed Powell for 70 and Bell-Drummond for 68.

Crook's compatriot Copeland made great use of the new ball to dismiss Geraint Jones and Matt Coles cheaply.

David Willey then snaffled Kent skipper James Tredwell before Copeland polished off the tail with figures of 5-71.

"I'm pleased to get 68, but not so pleased with not going on to make a bigger contribution.

"After I was dropped [on 33], I was a bit nervous and Powelly just told me to play every ball as it comes, and I got there [to a half century]," Bell-Drummond told BBC Radio Kent.

VIEW FROM THE COMMENTARY BOX

BBC Radio Kent's Peter Guise:

"What a day's cricket. Glorious sunshine welcomed Kent supporters back to Canterbury for the first home Championship game of the summer and they were treated to a bright, sunny batting spectacle in the afternoon session from Mike Powell and Daniel Bell-Drummond, who is well thought of in the hop county.

"He made a maiden Championship half century, but when he and Powell fell after tea, Kent collapsed, diving down in empathy with the early summer sunshine as it slid from the sky."

BBC Radio Northampton's Chris Egerton:

"After an afternoon session in which they took no wickets, Northants responded by ruthlessly wiping out Kent after tea.

"Once Powell went to a useful ball from Copeland, Bell-Drummond gave his wicket away and Northants were in.

"Copeland - who was New South Wales' Sheffield Shield player of the year this winter - removed Jones in the third over with the new ball and Kent's last five wickets fell for only 27 runs.

"On a good batting pitch, 271 looks nowhere near enough - Northants will want 400."