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It was left to their reconstituted middle order to avert their growing sense of impending doom, as Scott Elstone, making his first class debut, the recalled Alex Hughes and Gareth Cross, playing his first game for the county, provided some much needed fortitude.
Two of the first three wickets of the innings fell to former Australian Test bowler Bollinger.
This was a day to ride whatever luck came your way and, having had to wait so long for a first taste of first class cricket, maybe Elstone deserved his. It allowed him the chance to set about his task quite nicely and hit three boundaries.
A DAY and a half of anticipation did nothing to help Derbyshire deal with the reality of having to bat first against Kent as they were bowled out for 118 in their LV County Championship match at the 3aaa County Ground.
But five wickets each for Doug Bollinger and Darren Stevens have given Kent the advantage in this game. With the first three overs of their reply safely negotiated, Kent were 10 0 at the close.
little too eagerly, he steered a high catch to second slip.
It was never likely to be a pleasant experience and allowing the wicket to sweat under the covers so long in the damp conditions did not improve the mood of it or the Derbyshire batsmen.
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Hughes finished with a new career best score to his name.
Derbyshire batsmen soon in spot of bother as Kent make them suffer
Stevens, with his naggingly effective medium pacers, was brought on to replace Claydon and gave Paul Borrington a loosener to begin with.
He lost partner Shivnarine Chanderpaul at 38 4, lbw to Stevens from the final ball before rain forced an early tea, but moved on to 23 before his luck ran out.
Hughes was dropped on seven by Billings, diving to his right, but he and former Lancashire wicketkeeper Cross were not afraid to use their feet to disrupt Stevens' length and gave Derbyshire hope of a decent total.
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off four overs into his new ball spell from the racecourse end because it was doing a bit too much.
Hughes, who pulled Claydon for six and added four fours, moved to a new highest first class score with 36 not out but Bollinger returned to dismiss Cross (15), David Wainwright (0) and Tony Palladino (6) in successive overs to finish with 5 29 before Stevens mopped up Tim Groenewald Nike Hypershift Blue (2) and Mark Footitt (0) to take 5 24.
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The bowler did not argue, the batsman had every right to feel aggrieved.
That was not the return to the side Borrington needed and was also so unlike him but he went for eight and it was 24 2.
The first came with the first ball of his second over, as Stephen Moore had his pad rapped and barely stayed around long enough to wait for the umpire's finger to be raised. He made two and that was 4 1.
That was the start of Derbyshire's most productive partnership of the innings as Hughes and Cross added a positive 46 in 13 overs.
Stevens seemed to swallow his lbw appeal halfway through it and did not even turn to beseech umpire Peter Willey but it was given all the same.
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