Kent v Sussex: Joe Denly's century helps Kent recover against Sussex
|Specsavers County Championship Division Two, Tunbridge Wells (day one):|
|Kent 316-8: Denly 119, Stevens 44, Gidman 42; Wiese 3-54|
|Sussex: Yet to bat|
|Kent 3 pts, Sussex 2 pts|
Joe Denly struck his 20th first-class century to help Kent reach 316-8 on day one against Sussex at Tunbridge Wells.
The former England batsman, 31, hit 16 fours in his score of 119 to anchor the hosts' innings alongside Darren Stevens (44) and Will Gidman (42).
Vernon Philander (2-42) and Jofra Archer began well, reducing Kent to 115-4 before the middle order rallied.
David Wiese (3-54) removed James Harris late on, but Adam Rouse reached stumps 32 not out to conclude the opening day.
Philander and Archer piled on the pressure early on, restricting Kent to 7-1 from their first 10 overs before Wiese struck to leave the home side in trouble.
However, Denly frustrated Sussex in his 208-ball innings, finding support from Joe Weatherley (33), Stevens and Gidman before Philander pinned him lbw.