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County Championship roundup: Kent and Northants suffer stunning collapses

• Kent bowled out for 64 in 18.5 overs by Gloucestershire
• Middlesex’s James Harris takes five-for against Northants

And so within 48 hours the County Championship swung from the damply ridiculous to the calamitously camp. A combination of pitches sweating under covers, dampness in the air and tentative early-season batting led to a cascade of wickets – 85 in all – tumbling with a comedy parp and a wiggle all the way from Canterbury to Lord’s. With five of the six first-round games in play on the second day of the season; two teams were bowled out for less than a hundred, one match was into its third innings and one into its fourth.

At Canterbury, where the sun promised to dry up the outfield, play didn’t start until lunch but then Kent were bowled out for 64 in 18.5 overs with only the loudly-whispered-about Zak Crawley making it into double figures. The wickets were shared between Gloucestershire’s bowlers, with Matt Taylor’s four for 20, and Craig Miles’ three for 11 the pick. It was Kent’s lowest first-class total for five years. In reply Gloucestershire stumbled to 56 for six before recovering to 110 for 8 at the close, with eight players in single figures and only wicket-keeper Gareth Roderick holding things together with 51. Darren Stevens took three for 19 and there were two wickets for Matt Henry, including one with the third ball of his Kent career.

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