Harry Podmore five-for secures points for Kent as Nottinghamshire crumble

Harry Podmore arrives at the crease Getty Images

Kent 309 (Crawley 111, Stewart 59, Pattinson 6-73) and 363 for 5 dec (Denly 167*, Bell-Drummond 79) beat Nottinghamshire 267 (Nash 67, Patel 52, Milnes 5-68) and 120 (Podmore 5-41) by 285 runs

Kent skittled Nottinghamshire inside two sessions to land an impressive 285-run win on the final day of their Specsavers County Championship match in Tunbridge Wells.

Having set the East Midlands' county an improbable victory target of 406, Kent set about rolling over the first division's basement side inside 60 overs to land their second win of the summer. The hosts banked 22 points, while Nottinghamshire travelled north with only five.

Kent had Harry Podmore, the former Middlesex seamer, to thank for the win after his 5 for 41 return, but Ollie Rayner, the offspinner making his Kent debut after agreeing a three-month loan, also played a key role with a mid-afternoon stint of 16-12-13-2.

In praise of Podmore, Matt Walker, the Kent coach, said: "When Harry joined us from Middlesex last year he wanted a new home, he wanted to be loved if you like, and we gave him the responsibility to lead our attack. He lived up to that challenge today.

"He's thrived on the challenge. In many way's Harry's a bit old school, in that he doesn't move like an athlete and he gets frustrated when he doesn't take wickets, but he grew up very quickly last summer playing a support role to Matt Henry. He now sticks to his guns, bowls top of off all day long, challenging people's defences with good skills. He's become our glue bowler."

At the day's start, Kent batted on for nine overs to add a further 86 to their overnight total of 277 for 3. Joe Denly pressed the run-rate accelerator from the off, clattering another 56 off only 30 balls with five sixes and three fours to finish unbeaten on 167 from his 273 minutes at the crease overall.

He lost Heino Kuhn for 42, bowled by offspinner Matt Carter, and Ollie Robinson, well caught at backward point for just a single as Kent's dash for runs stumbled, albeit briefly.

Kent's declaration left them 90 minutes and two full sessions to dismiss the visitors, but they duly wrapped up the win by tea with Podmore to the fore.

Ben Duckett, the former England left-hander, lauded for his aggressive batting, received a life with his score on 15 when Zak Crawley spilled a low chance at third slip off Podmore. Yet, the opportunity cost only 10 runs as Duckett chased another full one outside off stump to be caught behind.

Four overs later, Podmore removed the experienced Chris Nash to a fine low catch by keeper Robinson, diving to his right then.Podmore then snared Joe Clarke leg before for a duck after a late and ill-judged decision to shoulder arms.

Grant Stewart took over at the Railway End and struck with his 14th delivery by having Samit Patel caught at square cover off a leaden-footed and imprudent back-foot force that left Nottinghamshire in trouble on 56 for 4 at lunch.

Kent's dominance continued in the mid-session as Rayner, the Middlesex loanee, held court from the Railway End with a tenacious spell, the last five overs of which were maidens. Rayner took his maiden wicket for Kent by turning one away from Ben Slater and feathering the edge for a catch behind. The offspinner also had James Pattinson caught in the gully from an over-ambitious drive.

Wiaan Mulder chipped in with the wicket of visiting skipper Steven Mullaney, leg before to a yorker, then Podmore and Stewart, with 2 for 13, returned to polish the job off.

With his side adrift at the bottom of the table and already facing the threat of relegation, Notts captain Mullaney pulled no punches. "There's no arguing with that result and it feels like an interview on repeat, but once again we've not been good enough with the bat and were hit and miss with the ball," he said.

"We hade them 120 for six in their first innings and let them score 300, we fought well on day two through Samit and 'Nashy', but today was just embarrassing. We've got to the point now where we have to looks at ourselves. On paper, we have a good team, but we're not preforming. The odds are against us but we're going to have to win a few of our last seven games to give ourselves a chance.

"It's not quite a car crash yet, but our decision making has been poor. We've been the worst team in this division by a long stretch in the opening seven games. At the end of the day you get what you deserve in this game, and we deserve to be bottom."

Notts 4th innings Partnerships

1st27BT SlaterBM Duckett
2nd16CD NashBT Slater
3rd0BT SlaterJM Clarke
4th9SR PatelBT Slater
5th13SJ MullaneyBT Slater
6th8SJ MullaneyTJ Moores
7th15JL PattinsonTJ Moores
8th6JL PattinsonLJ Fletcher
9th7LJ FletcherM Carter
10th19LJ FletcherJT Ball