Hampshire routed for 57 as title hopes fade on crazy 23-wicket day

Kent 165 (Compton 63, Abbott 4-46, Abbas 3-29, Barker 3-30) and 20 for 3 lead Hampshire 57 (Quinn 6-23) by 128 runs

Hampshire had been skittled for 57 in 87 minutes by Kent in a critical dent to their hopes of profitable the LV= Insurance coverage County Championship title for the primary time since 1973.

Matt Quinn claimed six for 23 to rout Hampshire for the bottom first-class rating on the Ageas Bowl and their worst complete since 1984 – the place they had been bowled out for 56 towards Kent at Canterbury in a set-up match.

Hampshire’s quick bowling trident of Mohammad Abbas, Kyle Abbott and Keith Barker had all mixed to see off Kent for 165 on a inexperienced pitch which provided some, however not extreme, motion – however nonetheless conceded a 108-run first-innings deficit.

Kent struggled once more of their second innings, reaching 20 for 3 on the shut, however Hampshire – who began the spherical eight factors adrift of leaders Surrey – knew that their desires of a 3rd pennant had been fading, regardless of gaining some extent on Surrey through the day.

Quinn mirrored: “That has been an eventful day on a really bowler-friendly wicket. It was a hell of a partnership between Compton and Evison. It simply exhibits how nicely Compton batted as we speak on that floor. He has been phenomenal all 12 months and we actually wanted him to face up as we speak. The best way he batted confirmed how good he’s.

“It was a wicket the place if you happen to put the ball in the correct space then it does lots. There was fixed nip. On some wickets you get the odd ball that nips however on this sport it appeared to have 5 balls out of six which moved.

“I wish to assume I’ve bowled nicely all 12 months and at last I’ve been rewarded. To get some wickets is an enormous reduction. Bowling a facet out for 57 is particular and all of the bowlers shall be rejoicing after a troublesome season. We’ve got been dreaming all 12 months of knocking over a group like this all 12 months.

James Vince had chosen to stay Kent in and lowered them 32 for 5 earlier than Ben Compton floor 63 off 161 balls, to offer a spine in difficult circumstances.

What adopted was cricketing chaos.

Felix Organ was caught at second slip within the fifth over, Joe Weatherley unconvincingly chopped onto his personal stumps and Nick Gubbins adopted one which angled throughout him behind.

Quinn had picked up Weatherley from the Rod Bransgrove Pavilion Finish however swapped to the Hilton Finish to take away Vince, Hampshire’s high scorer with 19, and Ian Holland in the identical over – the previous caught off the within edge and the latter pushing to first slip.

Ben Brown was bowled by a Nathan Gilchrist magnificence, earlier than the final 4 wickets fell for simply three runs – Barker chipping to mid-off, Aneurin Donald taking part in on, Abbott caught at second slip and Abbas castled.

It was the joint forty fifth lowest complete in Hampshire’s historical past, as they solely managed to see out 101 deliveries.

To go together with Quinn’s six-for, Gilchrist and Harry Podmore each posted two-fors.

Earlier, a Kent facet shorn of Sam Billings, Jordan Cox, Matt Milnes, Grant Stewart, Zak Crawley and Joe Denly for all method of damage, worldwide and paternity causes, battled to what appeared a below-par 165.

Tawanda Muyeye lasted solely 5 balls into the match when he was leg earlier than to Barker and it took Abbas took simply as lengthy to take a wicket on the different finish as Daniel Bell-Drummond edged behind to Donald – who continued to take the gloves regardless of Brown’s return to the XI.

Jack Leaning stemmed the wicket-taking with a turgid eight off 57 balls however was bowled by Abbott trying to work the ball into the leg facet.

It started a spell of aggressive bowling by the South African quick bowler – backed up by Holland bowling six straight maidens on the different finish – which noticed Ollie Robinson play on and Harry Finch lbw in consecutive balls.

Amongst the tumble was the unflinching Compton, who by no means knowingly performed at a ball not heading for his stumps in his 161-ball vigil. He had been in single figures for 36 balls and was fortunately caught on 18 for 36 dot balls as he allowed the ball to go mushy.

Compton had began the season with three straight a whole lot however had endured a demanding current spell during which he had failed to achieve double figures in his final six Championship innings.

He reached his first half-century since early June in 141 balls throughout robust partnerships of 68 and 45 with Royal London Cup last hero Joey Evison and Harry Podmore.

Hampshire’s assault chipped away and broke via at common intervals thereafter with Abbott returning 4 for 46, Barker passing 50 wickets for the season with three for 30 and Abbas three for 29.

In Kent’s second innings, Compton was caught at first slip and night time watcher Conor McKerr caught behind, each to Abbas, and second night time watcher Podmore was bowled by Holland. It meant 23 wickets had fallen on a dizzying day.

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