County Championship: Alan Richardson takes seven for 22 in Worcestershire romp

Last updated: 18th May 2013  

Matt Coles Kent

Matt Coles: Five-wicket haul for Kent

Alan Richardson Worcestershire

Alan Richardson: Bagged seven wickets in Kent's second innings

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Kent remain rooted to the bottom of Division Two after veteran seamer Alan Richardson inspired previously winless Worcestershire to a 10-wicket victory inside two days at Canterbury.

In overcast conditions on Saturday, Worcestershire dug deep to grind out 194 and secure a slender yet precious 35-run first-innings lead, skittled the hosts for just 63 and then knocked off the 29 runs they needed for victory without losing a wicket.

Richardson bagged seven for 22 in 14.3 overs - his best figures for Worcestershire - as the Kent second innings lasted under two hours and that gave the 38-year-old match figures of 12 for 63.

Though Kent have generally struggled with the bat this summer, there was little indication of the mid-afternoon capitulation that followed as Worcestershire batted patiently through the morning session.

Resuming on 105 for four, Worcestershire crept into a first innings lead courtesy of a dogged sixth-wicket stand of 66 between Neil Pinner (20) and Michael Johnson (38). It was the second-highest partnership of the low-scoring game.

Kent paceman Matt Coles returned after lunch to blast out the Worcestershire tail and bag his first five-wicket return of the summer (five for 31), but his display paled into insignificance once Richardson got the new ball in his hands from the Pavilion End.

All hustle and bustle and long levers, Richardson had opener Sam Northeast caught at third slip with his third delivery and barely bowled a bad ball thereafter.

Gareth Andrew accounted for Rob Key, leg before to a full-length in-swinger, but it was Richardson's lethal away swing that sent Brendan Nash, Michael Powell and Darren Stevens packing to catches in the cordon.

With five already under his belt Richardson polished the home innings off by having Mark Davies caught at slip and snaring last man Charlie Shreck leg before with successive balls to finish the day on a hat-trick.

Kent, who have yet to register a win from their four starts and who banked only three points from this game, went through the motions as the visitors swept to victory within 53 deliveries.

Worcestershire doubled their points tally for the season in the process.

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