Worcestershire hammer Kent

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

Kent remain rooted to the bottom of LV= County Championship Division Two after veteran seamer Alan Richardson inspired previously winless Worcestershire to a 10-wicket victory inside two days at Canterbury.

In overcast conditions, Kent were out-fought by a gritty Worcestershire middle-order batting display that secured a slender yet precious 35-run first-innings lead - despite a return of 5-31 by paceman Matt Coles.

The hosts were then thoroughly out-bowled for the second time in the game by Richardson, who bagged 7-22 in 14.3 overs - his best figures for Worcestershire - to skittle the hosts for a meagre 63 in a shade under two hours.

Only two Kent players limped into double figures as Richardson, who turned 38 this month, ran riot from the Pavilion End claiming match figures of 12-63 - his third 10-wicket haul of a 158-game first-class career.

Worcestershire needed only 8.5 overs to score the 29 they needed for victory with two days and 18 overs in hand - they also doubled their points tally for the season in the process.

Though Kent have generally struggled with the bat this summer, there was little indication of the mid-afternoon capitulation that followed as Worcestershire batted patiently through the morning session.

Resuming on 105 for four, Worcestershire crept into a first-innings lead courtesy of a dogged sixth-wicket stand of 66 between Neil Pinner and Michael Johnson. It was the second-highest partnership of the low-scoring game.

Coles returned after lunch to blast out the Worcestershire tail to bag his first five-wicket return of the summer, but his display paled into insignificance once Richardson got the new ball in his hands from the Pavilion End.

All hustle and bustle and long levers, Richardson had opener Sam Northeast caught at third slip with his third delivery and barely bowled a bad ball thereafter.

Gareth Andrew accounted for Rob Key, leg before to a full-length in-swinger, but it was Richardson's lethal away swing that sent Brendan Nash, Michael Powell and Darren Stevens packing to catches in the cordon.

With five already under his belt, Richardson polished the job, and the home innings off, by having Mark Davies caught at slip and snaring last man Charlie Shreck leg before with successive balls to finish the day on a hat-trick.

Kent, who have yet to register a win from their four starts and who banked only three points from this game, went through the motions as the visitors swept to victory within 53 deliveries.

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