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Stevens sparkles again

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Darren Stevens recorded his fourth century of the LV= County Championship campaign as Kent piled on the runs against Division Two rivals Gloucestershire on a rain-shortened second day at Canterbury.

Responding to Kent's 474 all out, the visitors went in at stumps on 80 without loss after 28 overs to trail by 394.

Play eventually began at 2:20pm following morning showers and Stevens, 98 not out overnight, needed just two deliveries to reach his hundred with a four through square-leg off David Payne.

His innings ended selflessly for 126 as Kent sought a fifth bating bonus point. With seven required from four balls before the 110-over cut-off, Stevens top-edged an attempted pull off Benny Howell and was held by Michael Klinger at short extra-cover.

Home skipper James Tredwell followed in the next over for a season's best 48 when he steered a Craig Miles leg-cutter to Chris Dent at second slip.

With useful double-figure contributions throughout the tail, including an unbeaten 44 by Calum Haggett, Kent reached 474 before last man Charlie Shreck lost his leg stump just after 4.30pm.

Klinger and Dent then moved steadily to 31 and 44 respectively, giving Gloucestershire the ideal start in reply.

Away from the on-field action, Kent confirmed today that Matt Coles, their 23-year-old strike bowler, has turned down a contract extension and is set to leave the club.

Coles boasts 50 first-class appearances for the county but has been limited to only seven championship starts this summer.

Kent's chairman of cricket, Graham Johnson, said: "Having seen Matt develop through the Kent system with all the support that this has provided him, it is disappointing that he feels he needs to go elsewhere in search of a way to deliver to his potential.

"We wish him well and are now focused on developing our squad of players who have a desire to play for Kent and have the same vision."

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