Kent toil in face of Wes Durston ton for Derbyshire

LV County Championship Division Two, Derby
Close, day one: Derbyshire 405-6 v Kent
Derbyshire 5pts, Kent 2pts
Match scorecard
LV County Championship

Wes Durston hit a century as Derbyshire racked up a mammoth 405-6 on day one of their clash with Kent at Derby.

Durston struck a six and 20 fours in his 118 off 122 balls as he and opener Matt Lineker (71) put on 176 for the third wicket.

David Balcombe removed both in a spell of 4-4 in 24 balls after tea as Kent pegged their hosts back to 264-6.

But Ross Whiteley (71no) and Jonathan Clare (76no) shared an unbroken 141 as their side ended the day in command.


BBC Radio Kent's Matt Cole:

"It looked like a good toss for Geraint Jones to win in damp early conditions - and certainly batsmen were tested early on - but Wes Durston looked in fabulous nick for his hundred. He punished any wayward bowling and looked imperious - particularly driving on the off-side.

"David Balcombe nearly dragged Kent back into it with a spell mid-afternoon where he suddenly conjured life and vicious bounce from the strip. Once again the on-loan bowler has shown what a fine acquisition he'd be for any county wrestling his contract from Hampshire.

"While Derbyshire have a platform for victory, Kent have it all to do on day two just to stay in the game. Without the experience of Key, van Jaarsveld and Tredwell in the side, they'll need to show character to escape defeat."

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