LV County Championship - Division Two
The SWALEC Stadium - Day Four
Glamorgan 317 (G P Rees 80, R McLaren 4-51) & 195 (M J Powell 60, J C Tredwell 4-48) v Kent 557-5 dec (R W T Key 270 no, M van Jaarsveld 96, J M Kemp 90, G O Jones 68)
Kent (22pts) beat Glamorgan (4pts) by an innings and 45 runs
Rob Key made a career-best 270 not out to help Kent claim a comprehensive innings victory over Glamorgan and move to the top of the table in Division Two of the LV County Championship.
The opener put on 215 with Justin Kemp (90) before declaring his side's first innings at 557-5. Key had faced just 339 balls and hit 24 fours and four sixes.
Behind by the small matter of 245, Glamorgan's hopes of batting out the rest of the day to secure a draw suffered an early blow when they slipped to 21-3.
Michael Powell attempted to repair the damage with a battling knock fo 60, sharing an 82-run partnership with his skipper, Jamie Dalrymple (24).
However, once the pair were split by Amjad Khan the innings fell away, only Robert Croft and James Harris, who both made 28, offering any real resistance.
Ryan McLaren claimed two wickets in the space of five balls before James Tredwell ended the match, dismissing Adam Shantry to finish with figures of 4-48.
Kent captain Robert Key led from the front with a brilliant unbeaten double hundred to put his side in a winning position against Glamorgan at Cardiff.
Key made a classy 202 from 293 balls to help Kent up to 444-4 at the close - a first innings lead of 127 heading into the final day.
It was the 30-year-old's first double century in Championship cricket, although he has reached the landmark in Test cricket having scored 221 against the West Indies five years ago.
Key was ably supported by Geraint Jones (68), Martin van Jaarsveld (96) and Justin Kemp (53 not out), all of whom the former England international shared three figure stands.
Jones and Key helped Kent through to lunch on 119-1, however two overs after the restart the former was sent on his way when he edged Garnett Kruger through to Mark Wallace behind the stumps.
Key completed his hundred with a quick single, a run which also brought up the century stand for the third wicket with van Jaarsveld, who fell four short of his 100 when he was caught behind off Robert Croft.
James Harris claimed the wicket of Darren Stevens (12) in the final session before Kent reached the 400-mark and maximum batting points in the 99th over.
Hard-hitting Kemp reached his 50 from 58 balls while Key reached his double-hundred in the final over of the day.
Only 20.1 overs were possible on the second day of the Division Two clash between Glamorgan and Kent at Cardiff due to persistent rain.
Glamorgan resumed on 295-8 and were then bowled out for 317, before Kent went on to reach 52-1 when rain stopped play 30 minutes before lunch.
The players never got back on the field with the umpires - Vanburn Holder and Tim Robinson - abandoning play for the day at 5pm.
Adam Shantry gave Glamorgan a third batting point early on, but Wayne Parnell then had him caught behind and when Dean Cosker was out lbw to Ryan McLaren (4-51), the hosts were all out for 317.
In reply Kent lost opener Joe Denly in the third over of the innings, before Geraint Jones and skipper Rob Key both survived appeals from James Harris and Shantry before the rain arrived.
Three wickets apiece for seamers Ryan McLaren and Simon Cook kept Glamorgan in check on the opening day in Cardiff.
The hosts were indebted to an innings of 80 from opener Gareth Rees as several of his team-mates got starts but were unable to convert them into half-centuries.
Rees and fellow opener Herschelle Gibbs had contrasting starts after winning the toss on a slow pitch, the South African cracking eight boundaries in his innings of 36 while Rees scored just a single run in the first hour.
But Gibbs was the first to go, trapped in front by Cook in the 17th over, and it quickly became 51 for two when Ben Wright went for nought after he and Rees had batted out six consecutive maidens, caught by Justin Kemp at slip off the same bowler.
Rees made just seven from 78 balls before lunch but the left-hander accelerated his scoring rate in the afternoon session as he and Michael Powell put on 72 for the third wicket.
But Powell perished on 30 chasing a wide ball from Wayne Parnell only to be caught at first slip by Kemp.
Rees went to his fifty and promptly lofted spinner James Tredwell for two sixes while Jamie Dalrymple took 12 off another over from the hapless bowler.
But in the fourth over after tea Rees was well caught by Martin Van Jaarsveld low down at second slip off McLaren, heralding the fall of three wickets for just 17 runs including Dalrymple who fell leg before to McLaren.
Robert Croft with a breezy 35, which included six fours, added 48 with wicketkeeper Mark Wallace before the latter was caught at first slip off Amjad Khan for 23.
Croft's resistance was ended when he was caught behind to give Cook his third wicket, but Dean Cosker and Adam Shantry put on an unbeaten stand for the ninth wicket to ensure Glamorgan resumed their innings on the second day.