County Championship: Kent skittled by Northants openers

Muhammad Azharullah
Pakistan-born Muhammad Azharullah now has UK citizenship after moving to England in 2010
LV= County Championship Division Two, Wantage Road (day two)
Kent 140: Northeast 36, Key 35; Azharullah 5-31, Kleinveldt 5-41
Northants 193-7: Keogh 68, Wakely 50; Coles 4-62
Kent 2 pts, Northants 3 pts
Match scorecard

Muhammad Azharullah and Rory Kleinveldt helped Northants take control as Kent lost eight wickets for 47 runs in fewer than 10 overs.

The opening pair shared all 10 wickets as the visitors were skittled for 140 in 36.2 overs, with only Sam Northeast (36) and Rob Key (35) resisting.

Alex Wakely (50) and Rob Keogh (68) ensured Northants capitalised.

The hosts closed on 193-7, a lead of 53, but late wickets from Matt Coles (4-62) gave Kent hope.

A two-horse race at Wantage Road
Muhammad Azharullah and Rory Kleinveldt are almost neck and neck in the race to be Northants' leading wicket-taker in County Championship cricket during the 2015 season, with 28 and 29 respectively. The next best is England one-day player David Willey, who has 14.

The seamer had Keogh caught in the slips and Adam Rossington (4) taken behind the stumps by wicketkeeper Ryan Davies before he bowled Olly Stone for a duck with one that kept low.

Josh Cobb (10) was then caught by Coles off the bowling of Mitch Claydon from the final ball of the day, but Northants could still be pleased with their efforts on a pitch that offered help for the bowlers and produced 17 wickets in the day.

Memorable collapses at Test level

Kent's collapse came in the County Championship but here are five from the international stage:

Australia v England - first Test 1887: A first innings to forget for England as they collapsed from 11-0 to 45 all out but they still won the Ashes Test in Sydney by 13 runs.

South Africa v England - second Test 1899: England collapsed from 61-1 to 92 all out in the first innings with Jimmy Sinclair taking six wickets in Cape Town but the tourists went on to win by 210 runs.

New Zealand v Australia - first Test 1946: New Zealand collapsed from 37-2 to 42 all out in their first innings, with Bill O'Reilly taking five wickets and Aussie team-mate Ernie Toshack taking four.

New Zealand v Pakistan - first Test 2001: The Black Caps were at it again as they collapsed from 121-2 to 131 all out in their second innings, with Mohammad Sami and Saqlain Mushtaq doing the damage.

South Africa v Australia - first Test 2011: South Africa collapsed from 49-1 to 96 all out in their first innings, thanks to a Shane Watson five-for and four wickets from Ryan Harris.

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