Nash half-century helps Kent pile on runs
CANTERBURY, England – Former West Indies vice-captain Brendan Nash stroked a brisk half-century, as Kent flourished on the opening day of their County Championship match against Essex here Saturday.
The left-hander got 82 to help fire the hosts up to 344 for seven at the St Lawrence Ground.
Darren Stevens struck an attacking 105 while opener Daniel Bell-Drummond produced a marathon innings of 56.
Opting to bat first, Kent were reduced to 35 for two after New Zealand seamer Jesse Ryder (5-50) removed both Robert Key (10) and Sam Northeast (2) cheaply.
However, Nash joined Bell-Drummond in a 113-run stand for the third wicket that took Kent to lunch at 71 for two, and continued to frustrate Essex afterward.
Nash reached his half-century off just 56 balls and overall, faced 111 deliveries and hit 12 fours in just over two hours at the crease.
In contrast, Bell-Drummond, whose parents are Jamaican, hit four fours and faced 172 balls in an innings lasting nearly four hours.
When Kent lost their way slightly to decline to 225 for five, Stevens blasted his century from just 94 balls – overall facing 99 deliveries and counting 15 fours and three sixes – to rally the middle order.