Walters runs amok as Kent slide
On the day Surrey won promotion in the LV= County Championship, former skipper Stewart Walters struck a dogged county-best 147 to help new club Glamorgan build a useful 186-run first-innings lead over Kent.
Walters, who led Surrey in the second half of 2009 but left the Kia Oval in February, batted for over six hours on a docile pitch, yet hit only 15 fours and a six in his 257-ball stay as Glamorgan extended their overnight score from 258 for four before declaring on 423 for nine.
In the 45 overs remaining in the day Kent, batting against a Kookaburra version of the pink ball for their second innings, reached 148 for five to trail by 38 going into the final day of the championship campaign.
The home reply started brightly enough as teenager Daniel Bell-Drummond stroked six crisp fours on his way to 29 before chopping a Graham Wagg off-cutter onto his leg stump.
Soon after tea Joe Denly charged danced down the pitch to Dean Cosker to be stumped by a couple of yards for 17. Then Alex Blake, shouldering arms, and Darren Stevens, prodding down the wrong line, fell lbw in successive overs of left-arm spin from Nick James.
Azhar Mahmood, who ended 31 not out, and Sam Northeast added 54 for the fifth wicket and were only three overs from the close when Northeast missed a slog-sweep against Cosker to fall lbw for 51.
Despite the razzmatazz of playing with the pink ball and under floodlights for the first time in championship history, very little has lit up this end-of-term basement battle played out on a slow, low wicket that made attractive stroke-making nigh on impossible.
Even Walters, who said this was the slowest pitch he had experienced in first-class cricket, admitted his innings was something of a war of attrition.
He added 106 in 30 overs in tandem with fifth-wicket partner Mark Wallace who, after a breezy 57, played across the line to go leg before to Azhar.
Two overs later, Azhar struck again by yorking Wagg to send Glamorgan into a 4pm lunch break having added only 73 in the opening two-hour session.
Soon after the restart Walters’ marathon ended when he miscued an attempted pull against Adam Ball into the hands of Azhar at mid-on. Then, without addition to the score, Aneurin Norman spooned one to cover-point off Matt Coles.
Cosker was then outfoxed by fellow spinner Adam Riley, who turned one from middle to clip off and spark Alviro Petersen’s declaration soon after 6pm.