County Championship round-up June 18, 2005

Patel's super six demolishes Warwickshire

Cricinfo staff

Kent 569 defeated Warwickshire 252 and 153 (Patel 6-53) by an innings and 164 runs

Min Patel took six wickets as Kent destroyed Warwickshire - and replaced them at the top of the table. The destructive Patel imparted plenty of flight and turn with his off-spin to demolish Warwickshire's middle order and consign them to a crushing defeat by an innings and 64 runs. It was their third defeat of the season.

Nick Knight fell first, without adding to his overnight total of 26 and Warwickshire, who had resumed some 272 runs behind, were immediately in trouble. It was the early breakthrough that Kent were hoping for and from there Patel promptly ran through their middle order with little mercy to pick up 6 for 53.

Russell Warren was his first victim, edging through to Niall O'Brien. Jonathan Trott was next, Patel trapping him lbw for 12. Jim Troughton (11) was next in line. Amjad Khan picked up Dougie Brown (12) from the other end and, at 124 for 7, Warwickshire were in the mire.

When Patel bowled Alex Loudon just four runs later, the writing was on the wall: Loudon was Warwickshire's topscorer with 37, but he too succumbed to Patel's guile after holding firm for 83 balls. And Patel wasn't finished there - he added Heath Streak, also bowled, for 4.

The final pair - Tony Frost and Neil Carter - put on 18 for the last wicket, but it was little more than a token gesture and Khan wrapped up proceedings by bowling Carter for 15 as Warwickshire collapsed to 153 all out. It was a far-from-impressive display of batting from the home side, who played too many shots on the backfoot. But Kent - who learned earlier in the match that they were to be docked eight points for a poor pitch against Gloucestershire - have taken a big stride forward.

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