Nottinghamshire complete crushing win
Nottighamshire 456 beat Kent 200 and 224 by an innings and 32 runs
Seamer Andre Adams helped Nottinghamshire get their Championship challenge off to a perfect start as they completed a comprehensive victory over Kent with more than a day to spare.
The Kiwi followed his four-wicket haul from Kent's first innings with 3 for 78 as the visitors were bowled out for 224, handing Nottinghamshire a win by an innings and 32 runs.
Adams was ably assisted by Luke Fletcher (3 for 43), who took the key wickets of Geraint Jones and Martin van Jaarsveld early on as Kent collapsed to 72 for 5. England one-day opener Joe Denly made 37 before he was lbw to Adams with the first ball after lunch, and Samit Patel wrapped up the win before tea with the wicket of Amjad Khan.
Kent began the day requiring another 205 runs to make Nottinghamshire bat again, an unlikely prospect given the way their line-up had collapsed during their first innings. It proved to be a similar story the second time around as Fletcher combined with Ryan Sidebottom in a tight opening hour, before Fletcher struck twice in consecutive overs.
First Jones drove at a ball that bounced on him to edge to Adams at third slip for a sharp catch, and then key Kent batsman van Jaarsveld was lbw to a ball that kept a fraction low.
Sidebottom followed up by removing nightwatchman Philip Edwards in the next over as the batsman, set up with a succession of short deliveries, pulled another straight to Mark Wagh at mid-on. Denly and Sam Northeast held out for an hour before wicketkeeper Chris Read brilliantly stumped Northeast off the bowling of Patel from the last ball of the morning session.
Once Adams saw off Denly at the start of the second session, the writing was on the wall for the visitors, and while tail-enders Azhar Mahmood, Matthew Coles and Khan swung merrily with the bat to hit a few boundaries, the result was never in doubt. Khan was last to go, bowled by Patel, with Stevens left unbeaten on 42 not out.