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Canterbury, April 06 - 09, 2023, County Championship Division One
117 & 331
(T:227) 222 & 227/3

Kent won by 7 wickets


Ben Compton's 114* leads Kent to victory over Northamptonshire

Jack Leaning adds 67 not out in crucial 167-run stand as hosts recover from 60 for 3 chasing 227

Ben Compton led the charge with an unbeaten ton  •  Getty Images

Ben Compton led the charge with an unbeaten ton  •  Getty Images

Kent 222 (Crawley 91, Tremain 5-44, White 4-57) and 227 for 3 (Compton 114*, Leaning 67*) beat Northamptonshire 117 (Vasconcelos 39, Quinn 4-25, Stewart 3-6) and 331 (Keogh 116, Berg 56, Azad 51, Evison 4-62) by seven wickets
Ben Compton's unbeaten 114 helped Kent to a seven-wicket victory over Northamptonshire in the LV= Insurance County Championship at Canterbury.
Compton produced a crucial stand of 167 with Jack Leaning, who made 67 not out, as Kent recovered from 60 for 3 to successfully chase down a target of 227.
Earlier Rob Keogh had scored 116 not out and Gareth Berg 56 as Northamptonshire posted 331 in their second innings, the duo sharing a stand of exactly 100 that set up an initially taut run chase. Joey Evison had Kent's best bowling figures with 4 for 62.
The visitors had looked heavy underdogs at the end of day two, when they were still 58 behind with eight second innings wicket remaining, but after batting through Saturday they began the final morning on 300 for 7, 195 in the lead.
Although Kent polished off the tail relatively quickly, the additional 31 runs Northamptonshire stockpiled ensured a jittery couple of hours for the home fans, until Compton and Leaning bedded in.
Berg reached fifty from the second ball of the morning, with a single off Michael Hogan, but the bowler took revenge in his next over, sending Berg's middle stump flying.
Evision wrapped up the innings with two quick lbws, removing Jack White for 7, then getting Chris Tremain for a duck.
It was a target that looked some way off when Zak Crawley had his stumps splayed by Chris Tremain, having made just 3. Daniel Bell-Drummond responded with a rapid 32 from 31 balls but Berg then ripped out his off stump and when Tremain then bowled Joe Denly for 5, Kent still needed 167.
Compton's initial caution faded after he reached fifty by pushing White through the covers for four. He was nearly out on 53 when he edged Keogh just past Ricardo Vasconcelos at thirst slip and he responded with a reverse-swept four.
Leaning's diligence meant Kent were on a far healthier-looking 158 for 3 at tea and he subsequently nudged a single off White to bring up his half-century.
On Easter Sunday last year Compton had scored 115 in a heroic but doomed rearguard action against Lancashire. This time round he swept Keogh to fine leg for four to reach three figures and the victory was confirmed shortly afterwards when Leaning scrambled a single off the same bowler. Kent take 19 points, Northamptonshire three.

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