County Championship round-up May 2, 2009

Joseph inspires incredible Kent win

Cricinfo staff

Division Two

Robbie Joseph produced an inspired spell to finish with figures of 6 for 55 as Kent completed an outstanding come-from-behind 192-run victory against Essex at Chelmsford after being made to follow-on. It was the largest margin of victory by a side that had been asked to follow-on. Joseph, coupled with two early wickets for Wayne Parnell, ripped through Essex's middle order to leave them 79 for 7 and hurtling towards defeat. However, Ryan ten Doeschate and David Masters then combined for more than an hour to revive Essex's hopes of escape before a dramatic finish. Masters was caught at silly point, ten Doeschate edged Parnell to the slips and, fittingly, Joseph claimed the final wicket when Danish Kaneria was brilliantly held at fourth slip by Darren Stevens. Kent had batted through the morning session with Stevens remaining unbeaten on 136 after he and James Hockley (72) had added 166 for the sixth wicket to set the stage for a memorable turnaround in a match they looked set to lose less than two days earlier.

Division One

Ashwell Prince continued his impressive form with his first century for Lancashire to help them to a draw against Nottinghamshire at Old Trafford after the top order wobbled. The home side were on the back foot for most of the game and were aided by time lost to the weather, but on the final day it was the efforts of Prince and Mark Chilton that did most the secure the escape. The pressure was on during the morning session after the openers departed early soon followed by Francois du Plessis to leave Lancashire struggling on 39 for 3. However, Prince and Chilton weren't parted for the rest of the day as they added 191 with Prince reaching his hundred off 152 deliveries. Bilal Shafayat kept wicket for Nottinghamshire during the final after Chris Read returned home for the birth of his child.

There was little riding on the final day at The Rose Bowl, but Sussex managed to secure two further batting points were some stubborn lower-order resistance against Hampshire. Matt Prior carried the total past 250 before he fell to James Tomlinson for 140, but Damien Wright (42) and Ragheb Aga (24) added 55 for the ninth wicket to gain a third point before the innings was wrapped up by Liam Dawson. The second half of the day allowed Michael Carberry (72) and Jimmy Adams (55 not out) to spend some time in the middle adding 126 to see out the match.

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