LV= County Championship: Kent claim first win as Glamorgan hold on in Division Two
Kent completed their first win of the LV= County Championship season by eight wickets on the final day against Surrey.
Last Updated: 07/05/14 8:40pm
Rob Key's side were made to wait a little longer than they may have expected to secure the win on the final day after rain and a 33-run stand from Surrey's last-wicket pair Jade Dernbach and Matt Dunn.
Resuming the day nine down and with a lead of just 20 runs, 22-year-old off-spinner Adam Riley eventually prised out Dernbach for 24, completing his five-for with the wicket and ending with match figures of 9-155.
While the rain swept in soon after, Kent nonetheless reeled in a target of 54 in 9.3 overs, with Daniel Bell-Drummond (29no) and first-innings centurion Brendan Nash (18no) seeing their side home after early wickets of Sam Northeast (0) and Key (3) and seen the home side stutter at 11-2.
The latest defeat continued a poor start to the season for Surrey, who are winless after their opening four games.
Worcestershire couldn't quite force a positive result in Cardiff, Glamorgan batting out 92.4 overs on Wednesday to finish up on 229-7.
William Bragg was a rock for the Welsh county, making an unbeaten 91 from 285 deliveries having come to the crease when nightwatchman Dean Cosker fell to just the fourth ball of the morning session.
Steven Walters made 30 while skipper Mark Wallace contributed 47 in a seventh-wicket stand worth 97 with Bragg after Glamorgan had at one stage slipped to 119-6.
Saeed Ajmal picked up two wickets, as too did Gareth Andrew and Jack Shantry. Charles Morris claimed the other to fall, but in the end Worcestershire simply ran out of time after a late break for rain held up their progress.
The other second-tier fixture also ended in a draw, with Essex successfully batting out the final day against Leicestershire at Chelmsford.
An unbeaten 41 from captain James Foster helped the hosts survive, as they moved on from their overnight score of 101-1 to finish up on 271-5, meaning an overall lead of 119.
Jaik Mickleburgh (67) and Greg Smith, whose knock of 85 was his highest score of the season so far, had led the resistance on day three and carried on where they left off, both players making valuable half-centuries.
At 213-5 Essex were just 61 runs in front, but Foster was ably supported by Kishen Velani, who made 21 not out from 67 balls, to carry the game out of Leicestershire's reach.