Kent in control despite Harris haul

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Glamorgan seamer James Harris bagged his first five-wicket haul of an injury-hit and rain-ruined summer to restrict Kent’s first innings superiority to 456 for nine on another showery day in Canterbury.

The wiry England Lion, who has recently recovered from a groin operation, came into this match with only three first-class scalps to his name from as many championship appearances all summer.

Yet his haul of 5-118 from 33 aggressive overs on the opening two days at least kept the hosts in check and helped give Glamorgan half a chance of escaping with a draw.

James Harris

James Harris put a summer of frustration behind him with a five-wicket haul, but Kent remained in control versus Glamorgan today

The day started with the hosts in the boxseat, resuming on 310 for four and with two centurions still at the crease.

At that stage, Kent had pretentions of scoring 500-plus and sights set on a mid-afternoon declaration.

As it was, Brendan Nash and Darren Stevens fell within the space of 12 deliveries 
and, for much of the first session, Kent were made to work hard for their runs.

Huw Waters made the early breakthroughs, having Nash caught behind off an airy drive for 114 and, in his next over, a slower ball forced Stevens to check his planned drive and merely chip the ball to extra cover for 123.

Having been dropped on six, James Tredwell reached 11 before he nicked to Graeme Wagg, the substitute fielder at slip, off James Allenby, who then moved to slip himself to catch Matt Coles for 26 when prodding forward to Dean Cosker.

Mark Davies also chipped in with a bright 24 before Harris whistled one through his defences to make it 418 for nine.

With the floodlights on from 2:10pm and the weather closing in, Geraint Jones made the most of some rare support from Kent’s non-batting last man Charlie Shreck.

The former Nottinghamshire bowler hit his first six in first-class cricket in his 120th innings and hung around for half an hour.

Meanwhile, at the other end, Jones completed a 74-ball half-century with three fours and a six.

The former England wicketkeeper had reached an unbeaten 69 and Shreck, a heady seven, when the rain arrived at 2:20pm to force an eventual abandonment for the day at 6:05pm.

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