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Cricket: Walker hails Kent win

PUBLISHED: 07:50 22 August 2018

Kent coach Matt Walker (pic Gareth Fuller/PA)

Kent coach Matt Walker (pic Gareth Fuller/PA)

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Kent head coach Matt Walker praised his men for their eight-wicket win at Leicestershire on Tuesday.

Sean Dickson (134 not out) and Heino Kuhn (96 not out) put on an unbroken 215 as Kent successfully chased 253 at Grace Road to give their Division Two promotion hopes a boost.

And Walker felt it was a fine response, having lost to the same side on home turf.

He said: “You can’t afford too many losses if you’re going to get promoted, one, maybe two, and it’s going to be a tight finish in Division Two.

“We were so disappointed with the way we played against Leicestershire at Canterbury, we spoke about it, we wanted a response and we got one, the reaction was fantastic.

““It was a real scrap for most of the game, it was tough batting, and to win the way we did was a great effort. Conditions definitely improved, but Heion Kuhn and Sean Dickson played very, very well. Iit was a brilliant partnership, they got in and just kept going and going, they took responsibility and didn’t leave it to anyone else and that’s what you need sometimes.

“It’s something all the batters can learn from – get through the tough part, keep going, and then it does get easier.

“They showed a really clear mindset and complemented each other very well, and it made for great watching for us on the balcony.”

Leicestershire captain Paul Horton added: “Credit to Kent, they played well overall in the game and in the second innings batted strongly.

“Sometimes conditions align for you, sometimes for the opposition, and in this game they probably worked for Kent in the end. The ‘no toss’ rule has a huge impact, as it did for us when we beat them in two days at Canterbury.

“That said we did well to keep them to parity in the first innings, but didn’t get enough in the second, and they made hay in the sunshine as the wicket lost its pace and flattened out.

“It was slightly weird game for us really. We made a late decision to change the wicket, then to lose a player [Zak Chappell] to the concussion protocol never helps. It was just one of those games which didn’t run for us, and the opposition played well.”

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