Shreck and Key dominate at Derby
A five-wicket haul from Charlie Shreck and an unbeaten half-century from Rob Key put Kent in a strong position in the LV= County Championship promotion clash at Derby.
Shreck took 5-41 as Division Two leaders Derbyshire were skittled for 133 in reply to Kent's first-innings 265 and Key then made 63 out of his side’s 93 for three to give the visitors a lead of 226 at the end of day two.
Kent added another 27 for their last two wickets this morning, with Matt Coles driving the second ball of the day from Wes Durston for six before sweeping the fourth into the hands of deep midwicket to give Derbyshire a third bowling point.
Mark Davies and Shreck earned the visitors a second batting point by adding 21 for the 10th wicket before Mark Turner bowled the former, but Kent's bowlers then took charge by blowing away Derbyshire's top order before lunch.
Skipper Wayne Madsen went in the second over when he edged Shreck to second slip and the big fast bowler claimed the prize wicket of Australian batsman Usman Khawaja, who drove at a wide ball and gave James Tredwell a second catch.
Shreck struck again in his next over when Matt Lineker edged to first slip and Coles then removed Dan Redfern, who was caught low down at gully first ball.
A dreadful morning for Derbyshire ended with Durston trapped lbw by Davies as he played across the line, leaving the home side in deep trouble on 51 for five at lunch.
They lost another wicket immediately after the interval as Richard Johnson was lbw to Darren Stevens with no addition to the total and, after play was held up by rain, Jonathan Clare top-edged a pull at Mark Davies and was caught by Geraint Jones running back.
Derbyshire were in danger of falling short of the follow-on target of 116 when Tony Palladino was caught behind, flashing at Stevens, but David Wainwright and Tim Groenewald at least avoided that indignity before Shreck returned to wrap up the innings.
Kent took a lead of 133 into their second innings, but they quickly lost Sam Northeast who was lbw to Palladino in the fifth over, and Ben Harmison failed again when he was pinned in front by the same bowler for five.
When Mark Turner beat Brendan Nash for pace, Kent were 43 for three but Key, who was getting well forward to counter any swing, reached his fifty from 78 balls and looked in command at the close of an excellent day for his side.