NORTHAMPTON, England, CMC – West Indies pacer Miguel Cummins struck late to interrupt a threatening opening stand after earlier flourishing with the bat, to offer Kent a powerful end to day two of their Group 3 County Championship contest in opposition to Northamptonshire right here Friday.
The 30-year-old Barbadian, who signed an eight-game cope with Kent final month, bowled left-hander Ben Curran off the under-edge for twenty-four in his second over – the third over earlier than the shut at Wantage Street – because the hosts completed on 91 for one in reply to Kent’s huge 455.
Ricardo Vasconcelos was unbeaten on 54, having placed on 77 for the primary wicket with Curran on a rain-hit day within the East Midlands.
Cummins had earlier struck a beneficial 24 in a 63-run final wicket stand which helped veteran Darren Stevens to an unbeaten 116 – his thirty fifth first-class hundred.
Stevens, who turns 45 later this month, confronted 134 balls in 3-¾ hours and counted 15 fours and two sixes.
Resuming the day on 34 with Kent on 309 for seven due to Jack Leaning’s 79 and Jordan Cox’s 62 on the opening day, Stevens placed on 64 for the ninth wicket with quantity 10 Harry Podmore (28) earlier than discovering an ally in Cummins to finish triple figures.
The left-handed Cummins defied the Northants bowlers for practically an hour and struck 4 fours earlier than shedding his center stump to new ball seamer Tom Taylor.
Afterwards, Stevens praised Cummins for the partnership which noticed him to his hundred.
“I’m actually appreciative of the tail serving to me out,” mentioned Stevens.
“I used to be an offended man when Podmore obtained out as a result of I believed we have been going actually properly and I’d not batted with Miguel earlier than.
“So I mentioned to him ‘do you wish to face spin or seam?’ and he mentioned ‘I’m good, man’.”
Cummins, who has performed 14 Checks and 11 One-Day Internationals for West Indies, noticed a three-year deal at Middlesex upended by the COVID-19 pandemic however was in a position to safe a contract with Kent for the brand new season.
And Stevens mentioned he believed the right-armer could be asset for Kent within the ongoing affair in opposition to Northants.
“We bowled fairly poorly however Miguel appears to be like like he’s a little bit of a handful and I believe he’ll be key for us.”