Kent v Yorkshire - County Championship Division Two - Day 1 – Live Score and Update
Yorkshire 247 v Kent 4/0 (1.0 ov) - Kent trail by 243 runs with 10 wickets remaining in the 1st innings
At stumps on the first day of the four-day match between Kent and Yorkshire in the County Championship Division Two, Kent trail by 243 runs with 10 wickets in hand, in reply to the first innings total of 247 runs posted by Yorkshire, at St Lawrence Ground, Canterbury.
Kent chose to field first after they won the toss, as they wanted to restrict the opposition on a meagre tally in order to prevail later in the game.
The side got a decent opening stand of 23 runs before the demise of opener Joe Sayers, who mustered 12 runs before getting his stumps shattered all over the pitch.
His opening partner, 21-year-old, Joe Root, was the next victim to walk back to the pavilion as he fell after smashing a well crafted knock of 21 runs.
Phil Jaques and skipper Andrew Gale then came to their side’s rescue as the batsmen hammered the bowlers all across the park, to increase the flow of runs which had dried out after the demise of the two openers.
However, before the two could mould an insurmountable partnership, Gale was dismissed after scoring an innings of 22 runs, leaving his team stranded on a tally of 70 runs.
This was the time when Kent could have made a comeback in the match and dominated the sequence of events from there on, but they faced stiff opposition from the batting side as Yorkshire clearly exhibited strength in their middle-order which was hard for Kent to penetrate.
With 102 runs on the board, the batting side suffered the demise of star batsman Jaques, who faltered after belting an astounding innings of 30 runs.
However, the game was far from being over, as Jonny Bairstow (32), Tim Bresnan (33) and Adil Rashid (27) blasted impressive knocks to subdue the bowling side as they played a vital role in helping their team amass a respectable total on the board.
Kent then faced only one over before stumps as they posted four runs at the beginning of their first innings.