Kent slump to sorry defeat
Glamorgan 434 beat Kent 242 and 184 by an innings and eight runs
Mark Wallace became Glamorgan's first century-maker of the first-class season as the Welsh county beat Kent by an innings and eight runs with a day to spare of their County Championship Division Two clash at Cardiff.
The wicketkeeper made 107 out of 434 all out - a first-innings lead of 192 over Kent, and in reply the visitors could only make 184 as they were bowled out in the penultimate over of the day. Glamorgan, who have not beaten Kent at Cardiff in a Championship game since 1967, took a maximum 24 points from the win to Kent's three.
At the start of the day Glamorgan had resumed on 366 for seven - a lead of 124 - and wicketkeeper Wallace soon scored the 10 runs he needed to pass 7,000 first-class runs for the hosts. James Harris, who was omitted from the England Lions squad, chipped in with his second-successive fifty - the sixth of his career - which came in 106 balls with six fours.
Wallace and Harris followed up their individual milestones by then setting the record eighth-wicket partnership for Glamorgan against Kent, passing the 116-run stand between John Derrick and Rodney Ontong in Cardiff in 1988.
Wallace hit James Tredwell for a straight six before pushing the single which brought up the 400 in the first innings - the first time the county had secured maximum batting bonus points for 15 matches since the visit of Gloucestershire last May.
Rain caused the loss of 28 overs either side of lunch, and when play resumed at 2.40pm Harris soon fell to give Neil Saker (5 for 112) his fifth wicket and end a superb stand of 169 with Wallace. But the gloveman continued unperturbed and duly went to his hundred from 169 balls with seven fours and two sixes in two minutes short of four hours.
He eventually departed after being trapped in front by Tredwell, with Will Owen the last man out just a few minutes later.
Kent began their second innings unconvincingly by sinking to 32 for 3. Seamer Harris (3 for 43) trapped Sam Northeast lbw, and 20 for 1 became 28 for 2 when Graham Wagg struck at the other end as Rob Key edged to James Allenby at first slip.
Harris then picked up his second wicket as he had Geraint Jones leg before to leave the visitors in trouble. At that stage Kent still had hope of taking the game into the fourth day until Owen took two wickets in as many balls, trapping Martin van Jaarsveld leg before and having Darren Stevens first ball, caught at first slip.
There were some cavalier hitting from both Alex Blake and Matt Coles, who both scored half-centuries, but wickets fell regularly until Harris wrapped up Glamorgan's second Division Two victory by yorking Dewald Nel.