Leicestershire v Kent: Sam Northeast ton seals win for visitors

Sam Northeast
Prior to the game, Northeast had only scored 184 Championship runs this summer at an average of 14.15
LV= County Championship Division Two, Grace Road
Kent 302 & 306-4 beat Leicestershire 217 & 388 by six wickets
Leicestershire 4pts; Kent 22pts
Match scorecard

Kent's Sam Northeast made his first Championship century since 2012 as they beat Leicestershire by six wickets.

Having been set a target of 304, the visitors were 110-3 when opener Daniel Bell-Drummond (53) fell to Nathan Buck.

But a stand of 116 between Northeast and Brendan Nash (53) turned the game firmly in Kent's favour.

Northeast reached three figures with successive fours off Rob Taylor and hit three in a row off Jigar Naik to reach 112 and see Kent home on 306-4.

The victory was Kent's third of the season, while for Leicestershire the wait for a first victory since 2012 goes on.

Josh Cobb's 137 on the third day had given the home side an excellent chance of ending their barren run, but their bowlers could not finish the job after removing Ben Harmison, caught behind off Nathan Buck for 40, and Bell-Drummond in the space of three overs.

Northeast, short of runs last summer and with only two fifties behind him this season, and Nash batted with assurance to put their side on course for victory before the latter was caught by Cobb off Buck (2-68).

Darren Stevens contributed an unbeaten 21 as 24-year-old Northeast completed the formalities, hitting 19 boundaries in total during his 143-ball innings.

BBC Radio Kent's Peter Guise:

"Kent's third County Championship win of the summer came at a canter in the end

"Five-wicket hauls for Mitchell Claydon and Darren Stevens, a career-best with the bat for Claydon and a century for Northeast. What more could the discerning Kent cricket fan require?

"They have now achieved back-to-back wins in the four-day format and are targeting the teams above them, such is the uplift to morale that the winning habit brings."

BBC Radio Leicester's Richard Rae:

"It was a case of deja vu all over again for Leicestershire at Grace Road, where the Foxes subsided to a sixth heavy defeat in seven Championship matches after competing strongly for much of the match.

"As usual, coach Ben Smith was able to pick out positives in individual performances, but it's impossible to deny that as a team it's simply not coming together.

"What next? Today's announcement that a number of younger players have signed new contracts is welcome, but plenty of the first team haven't, and the odds are unless they see real progress in the final weeks of the season some of the most talented will be looking to move on."