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Northeast and Nash underpin Kent victory

Sam Northeast and Brendan Nash helped guide Kent to only a second LV= County Championship Division Two win of the season - a seven-wicket victory over Glamorgan at the SWALEC Stadium.

Northeast, who had only scored 442 championship runs in 2013 before this game, hit 88 as Kent chased down the 242 needed with more than a day to spare.

The 23-year-old shared in a match-winning partnership of 62 for the third wicket with Brendan Nash, who was 70 not out from 77 balls.

Kent took 19 points from the contest to Glamorgan's three, moving four behind the sixth-placed hosts.

Glamorgan, who went down to their sixth championship defeat of the year, will now hope that they can regain their form ahead of Saturday's Yorkshire Bank 40 semi-final against Hampshire at the Ageas Bowl.

At the start of the third morning the contest had been well-balanced with Glamorgan resuming 237 for seven in their second innings - an overall lead of 220.

And that advantage was increased to 241 as the Welsh county's innings lasted another 9.5 overs.

In only the third over of the day Darren Stevens struck twice in the space of four balls to reduce the home side to 237 for nine.

First Stevens, who claimed four wickets in the first innings, had Dean Cosker caught by Nash at backward point before bowling Michael Hogan for a duck.

Off-spinner Adam Riley came in to the attack and ended Glamorgan's innings when last man Mike Reed drove straight to long-on.

That left Kent with a target of 242 to win in a minimum of 180 overs.

Kent's chase for victory was fairly untroubled before lunch as the openers - Rob Key and Northeast - reached the interval at 49 for nought.

The only chance for Glamorgan came when Key was almost caught at second slip off Chris Cooke but it was not until shortly after lunch, when Reed had the Kent opener held by Murray Goodwin at midwicket, that a breakthrough was made.

Kent moved to 100 in the 37th over and shortly before tea Northeast completed a patient half-century from 150 balls.

But on the stroke of tea, slow left-armer Cosker had Daniel Bell-Drummond caught behind for 30 to leabe the visitors 134 for two.

Northeast looked as if he was on his way to his first century of the season but was bowled by Cosker, who claimed his 500th Glamorgan first-class wicket, leaving Kent 211 for three.

Nash, who reached his fifty from 61 balls with eight fours, was still there at the end as his side completed a comfortable victory.

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