Stevens shines with ball on 45th birthday but unable to prevent 10-wicket thrashing
Glamorgan 197 (Lloyd 62, Stevens 5-53) and 19 for 0 beat Kent 138 (Lloyd 4-11, van der Gugten 4-41) and 74 (Hogan 5-28) by 10 wickets
Kent were all out for 74 in their second innings and beaten in two days by Glamorgan in the LV= Insurance County Championship.
Darren Stevens celebrated his 45th birthday with his 30th first-class five-wicket haul and figures of 5 for 53, but Glamorgan took a first-innings lead of 59 runs, which Kent only just surpassed. Glamorgan’s 39-year-old Australian seamer Michael Hogan destroyed the Kent top order with five quick wickets, leaving a meagre target for the home side.
Glamorgan opener David Lloyd knocked off the 16 runs to win on his own and finished it with a six to record a 10-wicket win.
A total of 18 wickets fell on day two, with Glamorgan’s overnight batsmen Lloyd and Billy Root two of three to fall in the half hour played in the morning session before rain brought an early lunch.
Stevens bowled immaculately and trapped Lloyd leg before wicket for 62. Matthew Milnes then dismissed Root lbw and clean bowled Glamorgan captain Chris Cooke for a golden duck in consecutive deliveries. Wet weather then forced the players from the field.
When the teams returned, Kiran Carlson was caught at second slip by Zak Crawley from the bowling of Stevens and Milnes accounted for Callum Taylor lbw.
Stevens soon grabbed his fifth wicket when Timm van der Gugten was caught behind by Ollie Robinson. Kent’s change bowlers Miguel Cummins and Fredrick Klaassen wrapped up the Glamorgan innings just short of a batting bonus point for reaching 200.
But Kent were quickly in trouble second time around. Opener Daniel Bell-Drummond skied an attempted pull shot off the bowling of Lukas Carey which just escaped Van der Gugten at mid-on, but Hogan did remove Jordan Cox lbw. Carey then had a huge shout for leg before against Kent’s No. 3 Crawley which was turned down.
Hogan’s accuracy was relentless. He had Bell-Drummond caught behind and clean bowled England’s Crawley – who failed to play a shot – for just a single.
Joe Denly was the next to go. He had nearly been run out by Carlson after dropping his bat, but was then lbw to Lloyd.
Hogan had Robinson caught behind by Cooke after tea as Kent slipped to 41 for 5, still 18 runs behind. The Australian then made it five when Jack Leaning looked disappointed to be given out lbw. Stevens then took a wild hack at a Lloyd delivery and was clean bowled.
Kent’s Heino Kuhn was batting with a runner due to a calf problem, but when he was lbw to Van der Gugten, his team collapsed to a paltry 74 all out, allowing Glamorgan to wrap up victory with two days to spare.