County Championship: Matt Coles cuts through Leicestershire

Matt Coles
Matt Coles has now taken 48 first-class wickets this summer at an impressive average of 21.68
LV= County Championship Division Two, Grace Road (close, day one)
Leicestershire 159: Eckersley 41, Coles 6-55
Kent 44-2: Denly 16, Raine 1-8
Leicestershire lead by 115 runs
Leicestershire 0 pts, Kent 3 pts
Match scorecard

Pace bowler Matt Coles made the most of a green wicket at Grace Road as Kent skittled Leicestershire for just 159 on the opening day.

Coles took 6-55 as the home side lasted only 51.1 overs after being put in.

Acting captain Ned Eckersley, standing in for Mark Cosgrove, who is on paternity leave, top scored with 41.

Kent lost openers Joe Denly and Daniel Bell-Drummond in the space of three balls in reply, but were 44-2 when bad light and rain ended play early.

Leicestershire batted fluently at the start of the game and Eckersley, who was dropped by Darren Stevens off Calum Haggett, and Angus Robson (29) shared a partnership of 58 for the second wicket.

But Greg Smith marked his return to the county on loan from Nottinghamshire with a first-ball duck, as he edged a ball from Haggett to Coles at second slip, and they lost their last six wickets for just 37 runs.

Leicestershire debutant batsman Aadil Ali told BBC Radio Leicester:

"I didn't have much time to be nervous and the lads settled me quickly and calmed me down.

"It was a good test out there and good to spend some time out in the middle, but just a shame I didn't kick on.

"It was a great feeling to make my debut and this will be a day I remember for a long time."

Kent bowler Matt Coles:

"We didn't start particularly well but we dragged it back and finished the job off.

"Hopefully we can go on and get some runs and get ourselves into a good position."