Nash and Stevens boost Kent
Centuries from former West Indies batsman Brendan Nash and Darren Stevens helped Kent post 310 for four to secure the first-day advantage in their LV= County Championship clash with Glamorgan at Canterbury.
Nash, the Australian-born left-hander with Jamaican parents, finished the day unbeaten on 110, while Stevens posted 120 not out for his part in an unbroken fifth-wicket stand worth exactly 200 that takes Kent into day two in great shape.
England seamer James Harris was the pick of the Glamorgan attack in claiming 4-80, but, otherwise, it was a day when bat dominated.
After the early loss of home skipper Rob Key and number three Ben Harmison, both caught behind Mark Wallace off Harris, Kent generally made hay despite a lunch-time deluge of rain that led to an 60-minute delay and the loss of 15 overs.
The stoppage clearly affected Kent opener Sam Northeast, who, two deliveries after reaching his half-century from 84 balls, aimed to work to leg against Harris to be trapped in front.
Former Glamorgan stalwart Michael Powell then marched in to face his former team-mates, only to receive a belter from Harris that feathered the outside edge to give Wallace a third catch and send him packing for a golden duck.
The dismissal brought Stevens and Nash together for a terrific counter-attacking stand, the latter part of which was played out in fading light and under the new St Lawrence floodlights.
Nash reached three figures first in slightly disappointing style. A push drive found an inside edge and squirted off his pad to fine leg for a single that raised the landmark from 158 balls, including 14 fours.
Nash, whose wife gave birth to a son earlier this month, celebrated the landmark and dedicated it to his son by cradling his bat and rocking it in his arms.
Stevens was the more aggressive of the pair but he too reached a ton with a relatively ugly stroke. Smearing a length ball from Dean Cosker for four though midwicket, the right-hander notched his 18th four for his 125-ball hundred.
During the course of the day, Northeast went past the 2,500-run landmark in first-class cricket, while close to stumps, Stevens exceeded the 10,000-run mark.