County Championship: Matt Coles burst puts Derbyshire on back foot

Matt Coles
Matt Coles has 226 wickets in 76 first-class appearances for Kent and Hampshire
LV= County Championship Division Two, Canterbury (day one)
Kent 205 all out: Northeast 85, Riley 34, Footitt 5-45
Derbyshire 67-7: Durston 35; Coles 5-20
Derbyshire trail Kent by 138 runs
Derbyshire 3 pts, Kent 1 pt
Match scorecard

An extraordinary opening day at Canterbury saw 17 wickets tumble as Kent hit back against Derbyshire.

Mark Footitt (5-45) took two Kent wickets in the first over, with Rob Key falling for a three-ball duck.

Despite 85 from Sam Northeast, the hosts were dismissed for 205.

Derbyshire then slumped to 0-3 after three wickets in the first three overs from Matt Coles (5-20) and ended the day on 67-7 with five batsmen scoring nought, trailing Kent by 138 runs.

Despite opting to bat Kent lost wickets at regular intervals and only an aggressive career-best innings from Adam Riley (34) pushed them over the 200 mark.

However Coles made an immediate impact with the new ball, dismissing Ben Slater, Chesney Hughes and Tillakaratne Dilshan for ducks.

Wes Durston (35) steadied things but he and Wayne White were trapped lbw in quick succession by Darren Stevens (2-16) to put Kent well on top at stumps.

Kent bowler Matt Coles:

"It was an interesting day to say the least and the first time in my career when two wickets have fallen in the opening over of both first innings.

"I just tried to put full and in the right spots, but although I got the first five, it was a collective effort. Ivan Thomas kept it tight at the other end, then Darren Stevens came on later and nipped out another two.

"We just want to polish the job as quickly as possible on day two and bat better than we did first time around. We didn't bat well, we know that, but the bowlers executed their plans well and we're in a great position."

Derbyshire bowler Mark Footitt:

"We thought if we could get them eight down for 260 by the end of the day we'd have done well, so we were really pleased to roll them over for just over 200.

"We have to come back on day two and fight for every run we can get now with the few batters we have left then see what happens with the ball.

"I straightened my run-up a little today and I think that helped because I got a little bit of swing. It felt like the ball was coming out well, as it had for most of last season."

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