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Watch highlights of day one as Kent take on Worcestershire at Canterbury

The bottom two sides in the LV= County Championship crossed swords in cloudy Canterbury where 14 wickets fell during a poor opening day's cricket between Kent and Worcestershire.

Visiting paceman Alan Richardson bagged 5-41 as basement hosts Kent were skittled for 159 inside 51.2 overs, but the eighth-placed visitors also struggled in reaching 105 for four - to go into day two trailing by 54.

Without a win from their opening three matches, Kent got off to a reasonable start at 35 without loss - having been invited to bat first by the winless visitors.

But Rob Key's decision to shoulder arms against the naggingly accurate Richardson gifted the paceman his first wicket as the ball jagged in to peg back the right-hander's off stump and send Kent into a tailspin that saw them lose all 10 wickets inside the next 40 overs.

Richardson had Brendan Nash caught at second slip for nought off a leg-cutter, then saw Michael Powell held at third slip for a duck after Gareth Andrew parried the initial chance in the gully.

Richardson took a breather after an excellent opening burst of 10-6-9-3 and, though the floodlights came on soon afterwards, Kent's situation dulled further.

Ben Harmison, on his season's championship debut, clipped uppishly off his legs to be caught at midwicket and Darren Stevens also worked across the line to fall lbw to Andrew.

Kent's capitulation gathered momentum after lunch as they lost their next three wickets for four runs in the space of six deliveries.

Andrew skittled Geraint Jones for 16 then snared home skipper James Tredwell leg-before five balls later, winning the appeal despite Tredwell's big push forward in defence.

Opener Sam Northeast square-drove Andrew through cover-point to post a 97-ball fifty with eight boundaries - his first half-century of the championship summer - only to be caught behind without addition when Richardson returned for a second spell.

Kent saved some pride with a ninth-wicket stand worth 43 between Mark Davies and Matt Coles that ended when Coles swished across the line to depart leg-before for 21 to Jack Shantry.

Davies continued to hit out, clipping 40 from 51 balls, before slicing an ambitious drive against Richardson high to point to end Kent's innings and send the players in for tea.

With the floodlights still on, Worcestershire's reply started at 3:43pm, but they too were soon in trouble as Charlie Shreck pinned Matthew Pardoe leg-before when barely shuffling from the crease.

Davies accounted for Daryl Mitchell in similar fashion and then re-arranged the stumps of former Sri Lanka batsman Thilan Samaraweera to leave the visitors in dire straits at 34 for three.

Moeen Ali and Alexei Kervezee dug deep in a fourth-wicket stand worth 70 in 16.1 overs, with Moeen notching the second fifty of the day from 86 balls and with six fours.

Kent's decision to re-introduce Coles for a second spell paid immediate dividends, however, when he had Moeen caught behind from an ill-advised cut.

The players went off for bad light soon after, and umpires Peter Willey and David Millns finally called play off at 6:35pm with the loss of 11 overs.

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