County Championship: Kent cruise to victory as Durham season begins in defeat

Daniel Bell-Drummond
Daniel Bell-Drummond struck an unbeaten 45 for Kent in their second innings cruise to victory
Specsavers County Championship Division Two, Emirates Riverside, Chester-le-Street (day two):
Durham 91 & 170: Weighell 84, Potts 36; Henry 7-45
Kent 169 & 95-1: Bell-Drummond 45*, Kuhn 36*
Kent (19 points) beat Durham (3 points) by nine wickets
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Daniel Bell-Drummond and Heino Kuhn steered Kent to their first win of the Division Two season against Durham.

After Durham set a target of 93 to win, Kent survived losing Sean Dickson to a thick edge from a Nathan Rimmington delivery to coast to victory.

Bell-Drummond made 45 not out from 64 balls, with Kuhn hitting an unbeaten 36 from 71 to achieve the target.

Earlier, James Weighell's 84 had given Durham faint hopes, leading a recovery from 39-7 to 170 all-out.

Durham head coach Jon Lewis told BBC Radio Newcastle: "It looked as it the batters thought they were playing on yesterday's pitch, they were looking for demons that maybe weren't quite there.

"We need to be mentally tougher and part of that is being game-hardened.

"Matt (Henry) bowled really well, his opening spells in both innings have pretty much taken the guts out of our batting line-up and made it pretty easy for the rest of their seamers because they've always been able to come on and bowl without pressure."

Kent pace bowler Matt Henry told BBC Radio Kent: "I've got a good rhythm at the moment and it's always nice getting the rewards, because sometimes it doesn't go that way.

"As a bowling unit, we had a nice simple plan and we executed it well.

"Everyone is really clear on their role, which is always a good sign, and although there was a bit of tap at the end, everyone did their job and bowled really well."