County Championship: Olly Stone sets up Northants victory

Olly Stone
Olly Stone made his Championship debut for Northants against Yorkshire as an 18-year-old in May 2012
LV= County Championship Division Two, Wantage Road
Kent 140 & 151: Denly 39; Stone 5-44, Kleinveldt 3-44
Northants 246 & 46-2: Newton 27; Thomas 1-8
Northants beat Kent by eight wickets
Kent 3 pts, Northants 20 pts
Match scorecard

Pace bowler Olly Stone produced a career-best 5-44 as Northants wrapped up an eight-wicket victory over Kent.

Richard Levi's 50 enabled the home side to reach 246 all out in their first innings, giving them a 106-run lead.

Kent lost four wickets before wiping out the deficit, with Rory Kleinveldt's 3-44 giving him match figures of 8-85.

But it was Stone who did the real damage as Kent were dismissed for 151 and Northants cruised to 46-2 for their second Championship win of the summer.

Kent's batting woes
Kent have failed to reach 300 in any of their last six Championship innings - scoring 1,094 runs for the loss of 60 wickets, an average score of 182

The result was all the more remarkable given that the first day's play was entirely lost to the weather, and has left bottom-of-the-table Kent with plenty to think about after twice being bowled out cheaply.

Only three batsmen reached double figures in their second innings, as Joe Denly top-scored with 39 before top-edging a ball from Stone to fine leg - and their total could have been even worse but for 34 extras.

Denly's departure led to Kent losing their last five wickets for 28 runs in the space of 10 overs, and 21-year-old Stone also struck Mitchell Claydon's helmet during a hostile spell.

Needing to score only 46 to win, Rob Newton raced to 27 off 20 balls, but he and Ben Duckett were both out before skipper Alex Wakely hit the winning boundary to move his side up to fourth place.

Northants captain Alex Wakely:

"It was a phenomenal spell (by Stone), we were saying in the slips we were as far back as we've been for anyone - that was quick.

"For someone at 21, he's a pretty exciting talent and I'm very pleased for him as he was just struggling for a bit of confidence lately but that was superb, it was a hostile spell."

Kent assistant coach Matt Walker:

"We never really got ourselves going in this game.

"Northampton outplayed us in every format - bowled better, batted better and in the end we probably got what we deserved."

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