Kent struggle against Northants

LV County Championship Division Two, Canterbury
Close, day one: Kent 280, Northants 5-0
Kent 2pts, Northants 3pts
Match scorecard
James Goodman made 59 on his first-class debut against Pakistan last summer

Kent's batsmen again struggled, this time at the hands of Northants, on day one at Canterbury.

The hosts, who had not previously managed a score over 250 in the County Championship this season, were bowled out for 280 after winning the toss.

Martin van Jaarsveld (67), Rob Key (50) and Geraint Jones (49) all failed to capitalise on good starts.

Northants, for whom James Middlebrook picked up 3-42, then moved to 5-0 by the close.

Youngster James Goodman, 20, batting at seven, made 27 on his County Championship debut.

The Farnborough-born former England Under-19s player made his Second XI debut at the age of 15 in 2006.

He then hit 59 on his first-class debut against the Pakistani touring team last June.

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