Kent v Worcestershire, Canterbury, 2nd day May 18, 2013

Richardson's best skittles Kent

Worcestershire 194 (Moeen 54, Coles 5-31) and 31 for 0 beat Kent 159 (Northeast 52, Richardson 5-41) and 63 (Richardson 7-22) by 10 wickets

Kent remain rooted to the bottom of the LV= County Championship Division Two after veteran seamer Alan Richardson inspired previously winless Worcestershire to a 10-wicket victory inside two days at Canterbury.

In overcast conditions in Canterbury, Kent were out-fought by a gritty Worcestershire middle order batting display that secured a slender yet precious 35-run first-innings lead - despite a return of 5 for 31 by paceman Matt Coles.

The hosts were then thoroughly outbowled for the second time in the game by Richardson, who bagged 7 for 22 in 14.3 overs - his best figures for Worcestershire - to skittle the hosts for a meagre 63 and in a shade under two hours.

Only two Kent players limped into double figures as Richardson, who turned 38 this month, ran riot from the Pavilion End claiming match figures of 12 for 63 - his third 10-wicket haul of a 158-game first-class career.

Worcestershire needed only 8.5 overs to score the 29 they needed for victory with two days and 18 overs in hand - they also doubled their points tally for the season in the process.

Though Kent have generally struggled with the bat this summer, there was little indication of the mid-afternoon capitulation that followed as Worcestershire batted patiently through the morning session.

Resuming on 105 for 4, Worcestershire crept into a first innings lead courtesy of a dogged sixth-wicket stand of 66 between Neil Pinner (20) and Michael Johnson (38). It was the second-highest partnership of the low-scoring game.

Coles returned after lunch to blast out the Worcestershire tail to bag his first five-wicket return of the summer, but his display paled into insignificance once Richardson got the new ball in his hands from the Pavilion End.

All hustle and bustle and long levers, Richardson had opener Sam Northeast caught at third slip with his third delivery and barely bowled a bad ball thereafter.

Gareth Andrew accounted for Rob Key, leg before to a full-length in-swinger, but it was Richardson's lethal away swing that sent Brendan Nash, Michael Powell and Darren Stevens packing to catches in the cordon.

With five already under his belt Richardson polished off the job, and the home innings, by having Mark Davies caught at slip and snaring last man Charlie Shreck leg before with successive balls to finish the day on a hat-trick.

Kent, who have yet to register a win from their four starts and who banked only three points from this game, went through the motions as the visitors swept to victory within 53 deliveries.

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  • Ian on May 20, 2013, 10:52 GMT

    You know, I reckon in the future we'll find a septuagenarian Alan Richardson still shuffling in and taking the occasional five-for. The bloke seems not to be subject to the same ageing processes as other humans (although admittedly we don't know how much it hurts when he gets to the dressing room!). I remember when county cricket could muster a few characters like this (John Inchmore, BJ Griffiths, Kevin Jarvis all retired in their late thirties) and on their day they still required respect (just, in the case of these three, not when they batted, although watching them bat was the best part of the game!).

  • Mark on May 20, 2013, 10:25 GMT

    @ainsworth179 Playing budget isn't everything, as Surrey are showing. I backed Worcestershire to do well this season because they are the promotion specialists of the division who always seem to make a lot of a little.

    On Alan Richardson, I know that I suggested that he will retire soon but, I think back to Brian Brain back in the '70s and early '80s who came to use from Worcestershire. Similar build. Similar type of bowler. He was opening the bowling for Gloucestershire past 40, with great consistency and rarely missing a match.

  • Paul on May 19, 2013, 15:28 GMT

    Is Paul Rone-Clarke a Warwickshire fan!? Worcestershire have a small playing budget (tiny compared to the likes of Surrey, Lancs etc) so have to make money all year round. Yes, the Premier Inn development will change the ground (as the Graeme Hick pavilion has done as well) but it will secure the future of the club. One reason we are 'skint' is down to the flooding problems the club frequently endures.

    On the playing side, a terrific performance yesterday but it wasn't Big Al singlehandedly. Vital partnership from Johnson and Pinner in the morning got us a lead, Moeen Ali's 50 on day 1, Andrew with three wickets from the Nackington Rd and, although Chris Russell didn't take a wicket, his economy rate was far better that it was in the 1st Innings and in previous matches. Had Johnson not spilled a chance he would have got at least one deserved wicket.

    Having said that, the younger players (Pardoe, Pinner, Russell, Shantry and also Kervezee) need to start pulling their weight and soon!

  • Richard on May 19, 2013, 8:46 GMT

    Denness, Luckhurst, Cowdrey, Knott, Underwood, Asif Iqbal... Where are their likes now !!!???

  • Dummy4 on May 19, 2013, 1:19 GMT

    Amazed Worcestershire won a game this season. They really have not one bowler above 82 mph..and that's Gareth Andrew who neither swings or seams the ball at all. Moeen Ali is the only class batter they have, and even then he has to bowl spin as a part timer who rarely turns a ball ...but Worcestershire have no other spinner either. They are skint, currently ruining New road with yet another concrete monstrosity being built. Money says this is their only FC win of the season.

  • Mark on May 18, 2013, 18:23 GMT

    I grew up watching great Kent sides of the '70s and '80s. So often if Lancashire didn't stop my own county winning a title, it was Kent that were the obstacle. Kent are too good to win the wooden spoon, but they don't have enough players between the old seniors and the promising youngsters to sustain a serious challenge. Pitches are not yet condusive to what is Kent's big weapon, which is James Tredwell - if the sun comes out and pitches dry he could win a couple of matches almost single-handed.

    Worcestershire have been very disappointing so far. I expected them to be more competitive. Finally Allan Richardson has had a great match and produced a spectacular win. He cannot possibly continue for much longer but, while he does, there will be days like this. Middlesex fans continue to wonder what has happened to their formerly inury-plagued star who played so few games in his last two seasons due to constant injury. Let's see if Worcestershire can build on this success.

  • Dummy4 on May 18, 2013, 17:44 GMT

    this is all pretty sad for a long term Kent fan...

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