CricInfo Championship: Kent v Leicestershire at Canterbury, 20-23 Jun 2001|
Mark Pennell of the Kent Messenger Group
Kent 2nd innings:
The Whitstable-born all-rounder, released from the Kent books in 1991, top-scored for the Foxes with a brilliant 138 and then bagged five for 36 with his medium-pace slingers to secure a 20-point win that moves Leicestershire to third.
Despite a superb batting pitch and short St Lawrence boundaries, Kent were out-manoeuvred and out-fought by a shrewd and vastly experienced Leicestershire side who amassed 612 for eight declared before skittling Kent out twice inside five sessions.
Resuming on their second day score of 155 for seven, Kent's tail wagged first time round with Min Patel (34) and Matthew Fleming adding 50 for the eighth wicket before both went in quick succession enabling Wells to enforce the follow-on with his side 402 ahead.
With Rob Key suffering with a stomach upset, Kent opened with David Fulton and Ed Smith second time around and looked solid in reaching 63 until Smith fell two balls before lunch.
Kent's leading scorer Fulton took his tally for the season to 958 with a 225-ball innings of 107, but his demise to Jimmy Ormond sparked a dramatic collapse as the hosts lost their last six wickets for seven runs in the space of nine overs.
Other than Fulton, no other Kent batsman passed 35 in the match and had little answer to the wiles of experienced seamers Devon Malcolm and Phil DeFreitas who each claimed five wickets in the match.
The hosts knew this morning they would have to bat out the next two days of the game to secure a draw, but made a poor fist of it after being dismissed for 210 first time around.
Devon Malcolm and Phil DeFreitas bagged four wickets apiece as top scorer Min Patel (34), Matthew Fleming and Martin Saggers went in the morning session, enabling Vince Wells to enforce the follow-on.
Ed Smith and David Fulton posted a quick-fire 50 inside 12 overs at the start of the host's second innings, but Smith's demise two overs before lunch sparked another steady stream of Kent dismissals.
Matthew Walker and James Hockley both matched their first innings score of 26 before Walker chopped on against DeFreitas and Hockley pulled a Malcolm bouncer to Aftab Habib at short backward square.
Paul Nixon also equalled his first innings score of 12 before nicking a Darren Maddy away swinger to leave the Hop County deep in trouble at 182 for four.
Kent's leading scorer David Fulton (83) then teamed up with his skipper Fleming (22) to see their side through the mid-session, but they still require 191 to make the Foxes bat again.
Resuming their first innings at the start of this third day of four, Kent were finally dismissed for 210 after losing three wickets for 55 in the first session.
Min Patel top scored with 34 and featured in a half-century stand with his skipper Matthew Fleming (29) before Patel edged a catch high to Aftab Habib running in from third man.
Fleming then flat-batted to backward point and Martin Saggers went leg-before working across the line as Kent fell woefully short of avoiding the follow-on figure of 463.
Leicestershire's veteran pace bowlers Phil DeFreitas and Devon Malcolm finished with four for 43 and four for 83 respectively.
Leicestershire captain Vince Wells enforced the follow-on and, after a bright opening stand, sent back Ed Smith (33) two balls before the interval after the Kent opener played back to a ball he ought to have pushed forward to.
Date-stamped : 23 Jun2001 - 02:25