Kent v Derbyshire: Late wickets ensure visitors end on top

Daniel Bell-Drummond
Bell-Drummond's two previous first-class centuries came against University sides
LV= County Championship D2, The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence
Close, day one: Kent 259-8 v Derbyshire
Kent 2 pts, Derbyshire 2 pts
Match scorecard

Kent's Daniel Bell-Drummond scored the first Championship century of his career, but late wickets meant Derbyshire ended day one on top.

The 20-year-old opener made 101 before he was dismissed by Tony Palladino, who took 5-54 as the hosts closed on 259-8.

Darren Stevens (45) also contributed, but Kent lost four wickets for seven runs in a frantic final hour.

Adam Ball and Robbie Joseph saw out the final four overs to ensure no further damage before stumps.

Bell-Drummond, who hit 11 fours in his 268-ball knock, looked certain to surpass his previous first-class best of 103 made against Loughborough University in April, but was trapped leg before wicket by Palladino just moments after reaching his century in the middle of the dramatic Kent collapse.

Former Essex seamer Palladino will be hoping to clean up the tail in the morning and improve on what are already his best bowling figures of the campaign.

BBC Radio Kent's Peter Guise:

"A day at the cricket is rarely as good as this.

"The St Lawrence ground at Canterbury was bathed in sunlight, a perfect day for batting and Kent did as expected and batted after winning the toss.

"Daniel Bell-Drummond's century was patient and chanceless. His celebration was as entertaining. A hop and a skip and a smile that lit up the already sunbathed ground.

"Derbyshire's bowlers, Palladino particularly, extracted enough from the pitch to restrict the Kent advance but take nothing away from Bell-Drummond. This was his day."