County Championship: Kent beat Gloucestershire for first win

Joe Denly
Kent centurion Joe Denly previously played for Middlesex
LV= County Championship Division Two, Bristol
Gloucestershire 193 & 282-9: Marshall 83, Thomas 3-53
Kent 235 & 243-2: Denly 117no, Northeast 88no, Haggett 54, Miles 1-49
Kent beat Gloucestershire by eight wickets
Gloucestershire 3 pts, Kent 20 pts
Match scorecard

Joe Denly's unbeaten 117 saw Kent move off the bottom of Division Two and beat Gloucestershire by eight wickets for their first Championship win of 2015.

With the first ball of the final day at Bristol, Ivan Thomas (4-53) took the wicket of Matt Taylor to give Kent a victory target of 241.

The hosts got both Daniel Bell-Drummond (3) and Brendan Nash (25) cheaply, but Denly and Sam Northeast (88 no) dug in.

And their unbroken 208-run partnership with Denly saw the visitors home.

Denly's 16th first-class ton came off 179 balls as Kent looked relatively untroubled by the hosts' bowlers, with only Craig Miles (1-49) and Liam Norwell (1-57) able to claim a wicket in what had been a low-scoring affair.

Kent skipper Sam Northeast:

"Everything suddenly seems to be going in the right direction.

"We thought that was the case going into the game and we have now recorded a very good victory on top of a promising start in the T20.

"I'm thrilled for Joe Denly because he had really been striving for that hundred. But it was a great team effort and the bowlers, led by Matt Coles, did a brilliant job, particularly on day three when the pitch had flattened out."

Gloucestershire director of cricket Richard Dawson:

"I would rather look at how we have played over our first five Championship games than merely at this one.

"That has been very encouraging. It was a good toss for Kent to win and batting wasn't easy on the first day, but in England you have to be able to cope with whatever weather conditions are thrown at you."