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Watch highlights from Grace Road as Leicestershire take on Kent

Leicestershire's decision to bowl first backfired as Kent racked up 406 all out on the first day of their LV= County Championship Division Two match at Grace Road.

Brendan Nash, Geraint Jones and Matt Coles hit half-centuries and more than half the Kent total came in boundaries as a young Leicestershire attack struggled to keep control in the windy conditions.

Their misery was added to by the fact today represented the second successive game in which they have conceded more than 400 runs after putting the opposition into bat, having suffered the same fate last week against Hampshire.

Geraint Jones

Geraint Jones top-scores with 67 as Kent enjoy a fruitful day with the bat against Leicestershire in the Division Two clash at Grace Road

The hosts' cause was not helped when Matthew Hoggard, their most experienced bowler, trudged off the field after a five-over spell before lunch and did not reappear for the rest of the day.

Nathan Buck, Alex Wyatt and Anthony Ireland had already been ruled out because of injury, leaving the home side's seam attack seriously weakened.

Kent cashed in, scoring at well over four runs an over throughout the day as boundaries flowed following the early run-out of Sam Northeast.

Rob Key also departed before lunch, top-edging a bouncer from Robbie Williams to Shiv Thakor at fine-leg for 41.

With Nash, Mike Powell, Darren Stevens and James Tredwell back in the pavilion by mid-afternoon, leaving Kent at 207 for six, Leicestershire looked to have a chance of keeping the total to a respectable level.

But a 104-run partnership between Jones and Coles put Kent well on top; the former reached his fifty off 70 balls with five fours and Coles hit a six and eight fours in reaching the landmark from just 51 deliveries.

Coles was stumped attempting one big hit too many off Jigar Naik for 59 and Jones trapped lbw for 67 by the same bowler - yet still Leicestershire were unable to bring the innings to a close.

Calum Haggett hit 40 and Mark Davies 41 as the last two wickets added 89 runs to give Kent maximum batting points, before the former was caught at midwicket off Naik - who finished with 4-97 off 21.5 overs.

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