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Davies makes early inroads

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Kent seamer Mark Davies took two wickets as Hampshire limped to 50 for three during the 63 minutes of action possible on the first day of the LV= County Championship Division Two clash at Tunbridge Wells.

A flash flood in the early hours of Sunday morning had left the pitch damp in places and the outfield sodden, ensuring match umpires Steve Gale and Richard Illingworth had little or no choice but to hold five inspections before opting to start at 4:15pm.

Mark Davies

When play finally got started at 4.15pm, Kent opening bowler Mark Davies struck twice as Hampshire were reduced to 50 for three

Batting first after losing the toss, Hampshire were soon deep in trouble and, when the rain returned after 15.1 overs, were already three down.

Kent’s opening bowlers Charlie Shreck and Davies moved the ball off the seam at will and made their first breakthrough after only 19 deliveries.

Shreck pushed one across the body of left-hander Michael Carberry and grazed the outside edge for wicketkeeper Geraint Jones to dive to his left and take an excellent low catch.

Two overs later, former Durham seamer Davies jagged one back in off the seam to Bilal Shafayat and snared the right-hander leg before for nine.

Visiting captain Jimmy Adams appeared in little or no trouble in scoring eight, but he too then pushed down the wrong line against Davies to fall lbw and make it 37 for three.

The visitors added 13 to their total before the rain returned to wash play out for the remainder of the day soon after 5:15pm.

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