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Cricket: Kent’s worst day says coach Walker

PUBLISHED: 08:01 25 September 2018 | UPDATED: 08:01 25 September 2018

Kent's Darren Stevens (left) coach Matt Walker, vice Captain Joe Denly, coach Allan Donald and Will Gidman (right) prepare for a team picture during the media day at the Spitfire Ground, Canterbury (pic Gareth Fuller/PA)

Kent's Darren Stevens (left) coach Matt Walker, vice Captain Joe Denly, coach Allan Donald and Will Gidman (right) prepare for a team picture during the media day at the Spitfire Ground, Canterbury (pic Gareth Fuller/PA)

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Kent head coach Matt Walker was disappointed to see his side outplayed by County Championship Division Two title rivals Warwickshire on day one of their match at Edgbaston.

The visitors were dismissed for just 167, with number 10 Matt Henry’s unbeaten 32 their top score as Chris Wright (3-29), Keith Barker (3-31) and Olly Stone (3-36) combined with the ball.

Openers Will Rhodes (102 not out) and Dominic Sibley (37 not out) then put on an unbroken 148 in reply in 37 overs to leave Kent staring at a big first-innings deficit already.

And Walker said: “We thought it was a great toss to win. It’s a good wicket but we chose to play our worst cricket of the season on the first day of the last game of the season.

“It was unlike us, I think we have been brilliant all year but that wasn’t a Kent performance that I recognise this season.

“We lacked intensity with the bat. We got off to a sticky start and never really got a hold in the game. There was not a lot of movement off the surface, it swung a bit, but they bowled very well and we didn’t manage to cope with it.

“We didn’t put any partnerships of substance together and then their openers showed what a really good wicket it is.”

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