County Championship: Sam Northeast's century for Kent puts pressure on Derbyshire

Sam Northeast
Kent skipper Sam Northeast's century was his 13th of his first-class career
Specsavers County Championship Division Two, Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence
Kent v Derbyshire, day one
Kent 354-7: Northeast 173*, Ball 66; Palladino 3-69
Derbyshire: Yet to bat
Kent 4 pts, Derbyshire 2 pts
Match scorecard

Kent captain Sam Northeast's unbeaten 173 rescued his side on day one against Derbyshire at Canterbury.

Playing in only his third first-class match, Derbyshire paceman Will Davis took two early wickets to leave the hosts in a spot of bother on 90-4.

But Northeast's second Championship ton of 2016 then came in a 150-run stand with Adam Ball, a Kent seventh-wicket record in games against Derbyshire.

After Ball had gone, Northeast helped to see his side close on 354-7.

He has so far put on a further 38 for the eighth wicket with England spinner James Tredwell (11*), to leave Kent within 46 runs of a fifth batting bonus point.