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Kent in total command

Highlights from day two at the Spitfire Ground

Adam Riley and Darren Stevens set up Kent for their second LV= County Championship Division Two victory of the season by demolishing Derbyshire’s batting and forcing them to follow on at the Spitfire Ground.

Off-spinner Riley, touted as an England Test possible against India later this summer, took 4-30 as Derbyshire plunged to 115 all out in reply to Kent’s first innings of 333.

At stumps Derbyshire were 32 for three in their second knock, still 186 runs behind at the end of a second day which had begun with Adam Ball and Robbie Joseph taking their ninth wicket stand to 59 as Kent added 74 runs to their overnight 259 for eight.

Stevens picked up 3-25 first time around with his medium-paced seamers. He then took the new ball when Derbyshire batted again to send back opener Paul Borrington in his second over, caught at second slip by Riley for three aiming a drive, and Stephen Moore lbw for 14 in his seventh over as he tried to pull a ball which kept low.

Brendan Nash, called up to bowl the last over of the day with his occasional left-arm spin, then saw nightwatchman Tom Taylor edge to Stevens at slip as he pushed defensively forward.

Borrington, indeed, fell twice to Stevens in the day. The first time he sliced to Ben Harmison at third slip on eight soon after lunch, at the start of a Derbyshire collapse which saw them lose eight wickets in the afternoon session and four for just three runs in the space of 21 balls at the height of their slide.

Doug Bollinger also played his part in Derbyshire’s demise by dismissing both Moore and Wayne Madsen with the new ball. Moore edged behind on four, cutting at the fifth ball after lunch, and Madsen was bowled for seven off an inside edge.

Scott Elstone laboured 26 balls for his nought before becoming the first of Riley’s victims on a dry, dusting surface, which was being monitored closely by David Capel, the ECB pitch inspector. Former England all-rounder Capel was making a routine visit and had not been summoned by umpires Rob Bailey and Martin Bodenham.

Elstone was caught at slip from a ball which bounced to take his glove, while Alex Hughes and Gareth Cross also failed to score as Derbyshire’s first innings fell apart in mid-afternoon. Hughes was brilliantly caught off Stevens by Adam Ball at first slip, left-handed and low down, but Cross looked distraught at being adjudged caught off bat and pad to Riley from the first ball he faced.

Derbyshire were 56 for seven when Stevens swung one back into the left-handed David Wainwright to have him leg-before for one and Marcus North was cleaned up for 18 by an inswinging near-yorker from Joseph just before tea.

Tony Palladino offered 75 minutes’ resistance before swinging Riley straight to Joseph on the deep midwicket boundary and the biggest partnership of an innings in which 29 extras was the largest contributor came when Mark Footitt slogged Riley for a six and a four in a stand of 22 with Taylor.

There was also a moment of high comedy when Footitt, stranded and prone in mid-pitch when he slipped up trying to turn back in a mix-up with Taylor, escaped when Kent wicketkeeper Sam Billings could not take an awkward throw to run him out. The ball ran away into the outfield and Footitt, who had made no effort to get up as he clearly assumed he was out, scrambled to his feet and ran through for two overthrows.

Stevens said: “That’s the best day we’ve had this season as a bowling unit. The decision to enforce the follow-on was a no-brainer really, with them 200-odd runs behind on first innings. It is a pitch on which you have to concentrate on whacking it on a length. It’s a bit up and down and there was also just a bit of swing as well as seam.

Derbyshire captain Madsen said: "The pitch was very dry at the start and it is deteriorating very quickly.

"It's like a fourth day wicket on day two. I don't want to be seen to be blaming our performance on the pitch because that is not the case but I don't think it is a great cricket wicket, if I'm honest.

"Even on the first day, there were chunks coming out of it with the seamers bowling and it is spinning considerably. I've played on better wickets here."

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