Spirits are high in Adams family
KENT coach Jimmy Adams was pleased with how his team "dug in and showed character" in their first home game of the season against Gloucestershire.
The visitors had Kent on the ropes but accurate second-innings bowling and stout defensive work with the bat ensured they clung on for a draw.
It was a far cry from the form that saw Kent dominate the opening two games of the season but the coach is happy with how his team reacted when it wasn't quite going their way.
Adams said: "We showed a bit of character when we needed to and that's important.
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"We're not going to dominate every game and we had to fight real hard having not batted very well in the first innings.
"It's always nice to set a big score in the first innings of games but realistically you can't do that every game.
"We could have batted better and it could be that the lads were just getting used to batting at Kent for the first time in a competitive game. It was our first game of the season at the St Lawrence Ground after all.
"The lads dug in and showed what they're made of. The bowlers came out in the second innings and did really well too.
"At no point did they allow Gloucester to run away with it. If they had done they'd have had more time to declare and we'd have been under much more pressure.
"The bowling unit put in a lot of work and never really allowed Gloucester to cut loose."
Gloucester declared relatively cautiously but Adams wasn't too surprised by their decision.
He said: "It's always hard to tell when teams are going to declare. Choosing when to do it is a tough and a peculiar decision in many ways. I knew they were a bowler down as the young lad (David) Payne got injured.
"When they did eventually declare our batsmen were strong and disciplined enough to see us home to a draw. I'm pleased with that because we didn't play our best and we didn't lose."
Kent travelled to Yorkshire two weeks ago and they're the visitors to the St Lawrence today (Thurs).
It means the sides will have met twice in the County Championship before the season has really got going.
Adams added: "It's a funny set of fixtures and our last game against them will be fresh in our memories.
"It is a bit weird as it's a situation I've never seen before outside of playing Test matches. We'll prepare as we can and look to improve from our last game."
The t20 campaign may not kick off until June but Adams is continuing to pursue plans to bring in a second overseas man.
He said: "I'm working on it all the time and I'm finding out some interesting things about who is and who isn't available.
"It's a case of wait and see at the minute as we haven't sorted out anything for anyone."