Glamorgan v Kent: Darren Stevens helps skittle hosts

LV CC Division Two, Swalec Stadium

Close, day one: Glamorgan 158, Kent 102-5

Kent 3 pts, Glamorgan 1 pt

Match scorecard

Kent struggled to 102-5 after Darren Stevens helped skittle Glamorgan for just 158 on day one in Cardiff.

Stevens (4-34) claimed three victims to reduce Glamorgan from 31-0 to 52-3 before Ben Wright (55) provided the only notable contribution.

Glamorgan's bowlers responded well, Michael Hogan bowling both openers to reduce Kent to 38-4.

Daniel Bell-Drummond (41no) and Stevens (29) calmly rebuilt before the latter fell late with score on 94.

"Mark Davies bowled fantastically well and Darren Stevens came on and took the wickets that Mark probably deserved himself"

Geraint Jones talking to BBC Radio Kent

The game turned when Stevens struck three times in his opening five overs, bowling Gareth Rees and having Will Bragg and Chris Cooke caught behind and at slip respectively.

When Charlie Shreck bagged the crucial wicket of Murray Goodwin, who drove to short extra cover, they quickly crumbled and the innings ended when Stevens trapped Mike Reed lbw.

Glamorgan reacted well as Michael Hogan bowled openers Sam Northeast and Rob Key to take his season's Championship wicket tally to 57.

Teenage debutant Ruadhri Smith removed Brendan Nash's off-stump with his first delivery in first-class cricket and Reed then breached Ben Harmison's defences.

Bell-Drummond and Stevens rescued Kent's predicament until Stevens became Hogan's third victim when he edged to slip.

VIEW FROM THE COMMENTARY BOX

BBC Radio Kent's Peter Guise:

"What an absorbing day's cricket as 15 wickets fell on what is as good a pitch as any.

"Kent's bowlers had to work hard to find the right spot to induce one or two false shots and Darren Stevens picked up four wickets with a good, nagging line.

"Daniel Bell-Drummond then batted with maturity to hold the Kent innings together."