Northants ease to win over Kent

LV County Championship Division Two, Canterbury
Northants 493 & 108-5 beat Kent 280 & 320 by five wickets
Northants 24pts, Kent 4pts
Match scorecard
LV County Championship

Northants completed a five-wicket victory over Kent on the final afternoon at Canterbury.

The hosts retained slim hopes of saving the game when they resumed on 255-7, 42 ahead, with Darren Stevens 101 not out.

But Stevens soon lost overnight partner Adam Ball without adding to his overnight 30 and was finally last out for 143 as Kent were dismissed for 320.

Rob White hit a rapid 40 as Northants reached their target of 108, despite the efforts of James Tredwell (3-41).

Northants, who also beat Kent by an innings and 159 runs at Wantage Road last month, climb to second in Division Two and are still unbeaten in this season's County Championship with two wins and two draws from their four fixtures.

Kent's defeat leaves them marooned at the bottom of the table with only one win and three defeats following their relegation from Division One.

POST MATCH REACTION

BBC Radio Kent's Peter Guise:

"Kent coach Paul Farbrace praised the posse of Kent youngsters in the side because of a host of injuries.

"There were good performances from Adam Riley, making his first-class debut, and Adam Ball. That bodes well for the future but Farbrace admitted that losing hurts and is confident that a Kent win in the championship is just round the corner.

"With Darren Stevens in form and Martin van Jaarsveld and Geraint Jones going well, it all just needs to come good in a single outing."