Spitfires aim to build on strong display in opener
KENT started the second game of their County Championship season at Northamptonshire yesterday (Friday) on the back of a promising draw with Yorkshire.
Matt Coles struck a maiden ton and all the top six made runs as Kent racked up a mammoth 537-9 in their first innings.
Charlie Shreck (4-90) and Mark Davies (3-48) helped make Yorkshire follow-on, but they finished on 146-4 and the game was drawn.
The game will be remembered most for the extraordinary efforts of the hosts' Richard Pyrah.
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He broke a bone in his hand on day one but he bravely came out to bat at 11 the next day in a desperate bid to help Yorkshire score the 32 more runs needed to avoid the follow on.
Shreck bowled him first ball, but in the end it didn't matter.
Kent took 10 points out the game to Yorkshire's nine and with all six new signings shining, there is plenty to be positive about.
Northants, who lost their opening game with Derbyshire by 202 runs, include former Kent keeper Niall O'Brien in their ranks. Their bowling hopes rely heavily on Sri Lankan seamer Chaminda Vaas, while captain David Sales will lead their batting line-up.
Kent were set to be unchanged, but when England Under-19 duo Adam Ball and Daniel Bell-Drummond return it could be a different story.
Opener Bell-Drummond made 103 not out as England chased down Australia's 203 down under and he followed that an unbeaten 41 to steer England home in their chase of 78 against New Zealand.
Not to be outdone, team-mate Ball did much of the damage with the ball with 3-10.