Cricket: Key's Century Dominates ; Leicestershire 131 Kent 183-4
Culley, Jon, The Independent (London, England)
WHEN KENT visited last season, four Leicestershire batsmen made hundreds and still finished on the losing side. With Surrey threatening to pull away in the Frizzell County Championship, the county currently occupying second place would forfeit individual achievement for the opposite result this week but, as Kent's bowlers exploited difficult conditions, it appeared for a while yesterday they would struggle to reach three figures collectively.
Leicestershire could blame their own careless strokes to a degree. However, on a pitch prone to unpredictable bounce and with Kent's eager seamers finding movement in the air and off the surface, batting was perpetually hazardous. Five down for 56 before lunch, Leicestershire struggled uncertainly to 131 before the wicket of Devon Malcolm gave Martin Saggers figures of 5-44. From Kent's viewpoint, it was a good toss to win, although one suspects Leicestershire might have batted anyway had the coin fallen in their captain's favour. It is hard to imagine Vince Wells asking for a pitch of this nature if he is serious about catching Surrey. …