Ashley Shaw takes five wickets on his Kent debut

LV County Championship Division Two, Canterbury
Close, day two: Derbyshire 460, Kent 198-4
Derbys 6pts, Kent 2pts
Match scorecard
Ashley Shaw
Shaw's first-class debut came against Loughborough MCCU earlier this month

Ashley Shaw led the fightback with a five-wicket haul on his Championship debut as Kent dragged their way back into the contest at Canterbury.

The young left-armer (5-118) took four of the seven wickets to fall in the morning session as, from 370-3 overnight, Derbyshire made 460 all out.

Martin van Jaarsveld was then one of two half centurions as Kent closed on 198-4, still 262 in arrears.

Van Jaarsveld went for 95, while Sam Northeast made a round 50.

But it was Shaw who sparked the Kent recovery with three wickets in the space of five balls.

The 20-year-old started the day by removing Derbyshire nightwatchman Tony Palladino with a yorker and then in his next over had Dan Redfern caught at second slip and trapped Greg Smith leg before in successive balls, before later picking up Jonathan Clare.

In doing so he became the first Kent player to take five wickets on his Championship debut since Muttiah Muralitharan, who claimed 5-61 against Essex at the St Lawrence Ground in 2003.


Kent seamer Ashley Shaw told BBC Radio Kent:

"It was hard work but we stuck at it. We came out this morning with a good attitude and bowled them out for a smaller total than it could have been

"We had to stick together as a team and see what we could get out of the day.

"I've had bad shins. I've been OK playing one-day cricket but we were were unsure if I could get through a four-day game, but I've held up alright."

BBC Radio Kent's Matt Cole:

"Kent got their just desserts for tight bowling in the first session and, for Ashley Shaw, it was reward for never giving up on a batsman-friendly strip.

"Derbyshire may feel their total doesn't adequately represent their day one dominance, but they'll be happy enough, especially with Tim Groenewald's astonishing catch to get rid of the imposing Martin van Jaarsveld.

"The showers forecast for day three could also make for a very sticky time for Kent as they try and save the game."