Fixture Type: LV= CC 2
Fixture Date: Friday 17 May – Monday 20 May
Start Time: 11:00am
Results: Won by 10 wickets
On an overcast opening day at Canterbury Worcestershire, in reply to Kent's 159, were 105-4 at stumps.
Worcestershire won the toss and elected to field, with one change from the previous match against Leicestershire as Chris Russell replaced Shaaiq Choudhry.
The home side got off to a steady start as they reached 35 without losing a wicket, but Alan Richardson got the breakthrough when Rob Key (8) shouldered arms but was bowled as the ball came back to bowl his off stump.
Then the evergreen Richardson took two more wickets as Brendan Nash (0) was caught by Daryl Mitchell at second slip and when Michael Powell (0) was also caught at second slip by Mitchell after he reacted from the initial chance, at gully, by Gareth Andrew, Kent were on 43-3.
Worcestershire continued to shine, with the floodlights turned on, as Jack Shantry got Ben Harmison (5) to drive to Richardson at mid-on and then Andrew had Darren Stevens (3) lbw as Kent at lunch were on 68-5.
In the afternoon session Sam Northeast, who went to his 50 with his 8th four off 97 balls, and Geraint Jones added a further 22 runs before the home side lost three wickets in six balls as Andrew (3-34 off 10 overs) bowled Jones (16) and trapped James Tredwell (4) lbw and when Northeast edged behind to Michael Johnson off Richardson for 52 Kent were in the mire at 94-8.
Then a ninth-wicket stand of 43 between Mark Davies and Matt Coles frustrated the visitors until Coles (21) was out lbw to Shantry (2-25 off 14 overs) and when Davies (40) sliced a drive to Moeen Ali at point to give Richardson his fifth wicket, with final figures of 5-41 off 17.2 overs, Kent were all out for 159 off 51.2 overs.
Worcestershire's reply began after tea but lost their first wicket on 2 as Matt Pardoe (1) was out lbw off Charlie Shreck and when Davies accounted for both Mitchell, lbw for 8, and Tilan Samaraweera, bowled for 2, the visitors were on 34-3.
Ali and Alexei Kervezee both fought hard, with the floodlights still on, as they put on 70 for the fourth wicket, with Ali reaching his 4th Championship 50 of the season, with an all run 4 through the covers, off 86 balls, with 6 fours, but on 54 off his 88th ball Ali was out when he edged a cut shot to Jones.
Then with Worcestershire on 105-4 off 33 overs, with Kervezee not out on 29 and Neil Pinner on 0, the umpires Peter Willey and David Millns took the players off for bad light at 6pm and play was abandoned for the day, 35 minutes later, with the loss of 11 overs.
On an incredible second day at Canterbury Worcestershire, led by another outstanding bowling performance from Alan Richardson, defeated Kent by 10 wickets to secure their first LV= County Championship win of the season.
Resuming on 105-4, Worcestershire lost their fifth wicket off the third ball of the day when Alexei Kervezee (29) edged an outswinging delivery from Charlie Shreck to Geraint Jones. Then a sixth wicket partnership of 66 between Neil Pinner and Michael Johnson took the visitors into the lead, with Johnson being the more aggressive of the two as he struck five fours before he was trapped lbw off Matt Coles (38), with the score on 171-6, and then 1 run later Pinner (20) edged an away swing delivery from Coles to Jones as Worcestershire went to lunch on 180-7.
After lunch Worcestershire lost their remaining three wickets for 11 runs as Coles had Gareth Andrew lbw for 9, Chris Russell was also lbw to Mark Davies for 1 and then Coles took his fifth wicket, with final figures of 5-31 off 15.1 overs, when Jack Shantry edged behind to Jones as the visitors were bowled out for 194 off 69.1 overs.
Trailing by 35 runs Kent got off to the worst possible start as Sam Northeast edged a terrific away swing delivery from Richardson to Moeen Ali at third slip for 0 and it got even better for Worcestershire as Richardson accounted for both Brendan Nash (4), caught by Daryl Mitchell at second slip, and Michael Powell (2), caught behind by Johnson, to leave Kent struggling on 10-3.
20 runs later Andrew had Rob Key lbw for 5 and then it was 35-5 when Darren Stevens (3) edged to Mitchell at second slip off Richardson. Kent then went into the lead with a single before Richardson took his fifth wicket of the innings, his 10th wicket of the match, by trapping Ben Harmison lbw for 19 to leave the home side in disarray on 36-6.
Then before tea Andrew (3-24 off 8 overs) got the wickets of both Jones (11) and Coles (1), both caught at first slip by Pinner, as the home side reached tea on 54-8, a lead of just 19 runs.
Then Richardson completed the demolition of the Kent second innings after tea as the veteran, in successive balls, had Davies (8) caught by Kervezee at point and Shreck lbw (0), to finish with figures of 7-22 off 14.3 overs and match figures of 12-63, his best in first-class cricket, as the home side were all out for just 63 off 28.3 overs.
That left Worcestershire needing just 29 runs to win and Mitchell (13*) and Matt Pardoe (15*) completed a fantastic 10 wicket victory for Worcestershire off 8.5 overs to lift them off the bottom of the Division Two table and into 6th place on 38 points.
WORCESTERSHIRE (194 & 31-0) BEAT KENT (159 & 63) BY 10 WICKETS
Worcestershire Team: Daryl Mitchell*, Matt Pardoe, Moeen Ali, Tilan Samaraweera, Alexei Kervezee, Neil Pinner, Michael Johnson+, Gareth Andrew, Jack Shantry, Chris Russell, Alan Richardson