County Championship: Darren Stevens and Sam Billings are the protagonists of Kent dominating Notts

Darren Stevens took his 500th first-class wicket on day two at Trent Bridge
Specsavers County Championship Division One, Trent Bridge (second day):
Kent 304 and 236-8: Billings 100, Crawley 82; Fletcher 3-40, Ashwin 3-71
Notts 124: Mullaney 22; Stevens 5-39, Podmore 3-27
Kent (6 points) Notts guide (3 points) for 416 races

Handyman Darren Stevens returned to center stage, collecting 5-39 while Kent launched Bowling out of Nottinghamshire for 124 to leave them on the brink of relegation.

The 43-year-old followed his 88 years bringing his 500th first-class wicket on the road to help gain a 180 innings lead to Trent Bridge.

Sam Billings then hit 100 of 106 balls, with Zak Crawley adding a quick 82 while Kent started the Notts attack.

Billings was out of range after his ton with Kent 236-8 and ahead for 416 runs.

Notts cannot be officially demoted in this round of games unless Warwickshire gets at least one draw against Essex, but they are well positioned to avoid defeat after the second day at Edgbaston.

A frightening attempt to beat the Notts had already seen them overturn in 53.1 in the middle of the second day, captain Steven Mullaney got the highest score with only 22.

Nottinghamshire was 35-2 overnight, but the wickets began to fall early when Ben Slater (20) was the first of three Harry Podmore victims (3-27) with only six races added.

Stevens' spell after lunch included the 4-13 in only 5.1 over while Liam Patterson-White approached to follow Mullaney, Tom Moores was hit on the pad and Paul Coughlin suspended in half.

When Kent defeated again, Crawley, 21, further insisted on his demands in England when Kent decided not to apply the sequel.

He was reached at Billings's turn when Jordan Cox retired wounded after being struck by a delivery from Coughlin.

Crawley and his captain took 140 for the second wicket, before Crawley cut off his stumps from Luke Fletcher's bowling (3-40), which he later removed Heino Kuhn (5), captured by Moores.

But the bowling efforts of Fletcher and Ravi Ashwin (3-71) are almost certain to be in vain after Notts' sad efforts in their first innings.

Darren Stevens, handyman of Kent:

"It's very nice to get to 500 (wickets). It's not something I ever expected because I started my career as a batter, so it's nice.

"I was really excited, the boys followed him all week, so he was in the back of my mind. And now I only know three more for 500 for Kent.

"The boys were brilliant because they wanted to get me from day one. He did a little for me out there."

Nottinghamshire bowler Luke Fletcher:

"It's another difficult day for us. Partnerships have been a struggle and being launched for 120 is not good enough.

"Individually, my job as a night watchman was to survive the night and take care of the next beater. I did and managed to survive in difficult conditions, but I thought Kent did exceptionally well, they didn't give us four balls. and as a unit their launchers have been better than ours ".


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