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Mark Pennell at Canterbury
September 15, 2011
Glamorgan 423 for 9 dec and 129 for beat Kent 237 and 312 by eight wickets
Glamorgan wrapped up an eight-wicket success over Kent with a session to spare to secure their second Championship away win of the season, but this time under the floodlights at Canterbury.
Chasing 129 for victory in this first championship game to be played with a pink ball and as a day/night fixture, Glamorgan sailed to victory courtesy of skipper Alviro Petersen with an unbeaten 70 from 54 balls and an equally brisk19 from as many deliveries from first- inning top scorer Stewart Walters.
The visitors lost Gareth Rees to a slip catch by Alex Blake with 19 on the board then Will Bragg (30) was comprehensively bowled by Matt Coles. It proved to be Kent's final success of the game, however, as Walters and Petersen then combined to add the 34 runs required for a comprehensive and deserved win.
Kent had started the day on 148 for 5 and still trailing by 38 in terms of the game overall, but the pink ball, the floodlights and the early-evening dew were all unknown quantities. In many ways the result rested with Kent's player-of-the-season and No6 bat Azhar Mahmood who, after resuming on 31, might have batted the Welsh out of the equation.
As it was Mahmood plundered seven fours and a six on his way to an eye- catching 70 before he toe-ended an attempted cut shot to the keeper against the occasional military-medium seam bowling of Will Bragg. It was Bragg's maiden first class wicket.
Though Kent's acting captain Geraint Jones, playing against his first county, held down one end for a stoic 79 in almost three hours, wickets fell cheaply around him as Kent finally succumbed for 312.
Veteran spinner Dean Cosker was easily the pick of the visiting attack with 4 for 106 as Glamorgan went home with a win leaving Kent to contemplate their worst championship finish since 1995.
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