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Michael Powell scored his first century in the LV= County Championship for three years as Kent took control on the second day of their match against Northamptonshire at Wantage Road.

In just his second game since his move from Glamorgan, Powell piled on an unbeaten 128 from 227 balls, including 19 fours, as Kent were bowled out for 368.

Jack Brooks was by far the most effective bowler in taking 5-98 before Northants struggled in reply to close on 50 for four, 186 behind the visitors.

Kent began the day on 127 for three, just five in arrears, with West Indies star Brendan Nash resuming on 40 and nightwatchman Mark Davies on two.

Michael Powell

Michael Powell marked his second championship game for Kent with a century and Northamptonshire were facing defeat by the close

But Davies departed to just the third ball of the day when he pushed Brooks to cover, only for David Willey to throw down the bowler’s stumps.

Nash, who also failed to add to his overnight total, followed Davies to the final ball of the first over when Brooks took out his middle and leg stumps.

Darren Stevens was soon pinned lbw by former Sri Lanka seamer Chaminda Vaas.

Powell, however, raced to a half-century off 77 balls and he went on to complete his 26th first-class ton - his first since July 2009, for Glamorgan against Essex - off his 173rd delivery.

Former England wicketkeeper Geraint Jones moved patiently to 50 off 135 deliveries but departed on 53 when he was bowled by Willey to end a magnificent partnership of 165 with Powell.

In the fifth over of the evening session, Brooks bowled England spinner James Tredwell before Matt Coles was stumped by Ireland wicketkeeper Niall O’Brien off James Middlebrook.

Charlie Shreck presented Brooks with the fourth five-wicket haul of his career when he allowed a straight delivery to clatter into his stumps.

Northants lost opener Stephen Peters in the fourth over of their reply when he edged Shreck to Tredwell at second slip.

Rob Newton fell victim to Coles when he was superbly caught by a diving Jones before the same bowler trapped Kyle Coetzer lbw four balls later.

Alex Wakely then threw his wicket away by chipping Shreck to Kent captain Rob Key at mid-on, leaving his team in a desperate position going into the third day.

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