|Scorecard:||Lancashire v Kent|
Summary for Day 1Lancashire lost the toss for just the second time this season (Championship only). and without any hesitation Kent captain, David Fulton selected to bat. Ideally, Lancashire would have preferred to have batted first on a slow track offering very little for the bowler. Stuart Law left the field of play during the first session of the day and never returned, apparently suffering from a stomach complaint. Peter Martin removed Robert Key in the 3rd over of the day offering a brief ray of light to the hosts. Enter Ed Smith - he played the ball to all parts of the ground in a chanceless innings and became the first player to surpass 1000 runs for the season when he reached 194. After passing 200, Smith was clean bowled by Hooper. From that moment on, Kent lost their way. Boundaries were seldom struck and the run rate dropped appreciably. Considering the temperature which Lancashire were forced to face in the field they fought very hard to contain Kent. Lancashire will have to bat well and hope the pitch remains placid as the game progresses if they are to force a draw
Bowling Performance of the DayLancashire's bowlers toiled all day in unbearable heat. Captain Hegg was forced to rotate regularly and provide extended breaks for the pace bowlers. Consequently, 8 different players bowled during the course of the day. Carl Hooper completed 37 excellent overs from the North end and finished with 2 wickets for 104 runs. He removed Fulton for 47, and Smith for 203 with the very next delivery following Smith's double hundred - a loss of concentration
Batting Performance of the DayEd Smith scored 203 runs from 256 balls including 35 x 4 and 1 x 6. The outfield was very dry and the boundary slightly shorter than usual (Out ground). Any shot struck beyond the in-field easily reached the rope.
Fielding Performance of the DayMark Chilton worked extremely hard in the field. He made several fine diving stops and saved a considerable number of runs. By the close of play, Mark looked totally shattered and his trousers were covered in grass/dirt stains - a testimony to his effort and dedication
Highlights of the Day
- Lancashire remained very focused in the field and managed to restrict Kent to under four runs per over. Consequently, they prevented the visitors super passing 400.
- The glorious weather
Lowlights of the Day
- Losing the toss
- Stuart Law absent from the field of play most of the day due to stomach problem
- The last hours play was extremely slow and tedious
- Lancashire are unlikely to collect maximum bowling points for the first time this season
Contentious Discussion Point of the DayNothing contentious to report - television replays confirmed any stumping decisions
Key Notes of the Day
(Article: Copyright © 2004 Neil Adams http://www.cricketimages.co.uk/adams-report/intro.html)