Zak Crawley finished nine runs short of his career best, hitting 15 fours in 284 minutes at the crease
Specsavers County Championship Division One, Tunbridge Wells (day one)
Kent 309: Crawley 111, Stewart 59; Pattinson 6-73
Nottinghamshire 30-0: Duckett 17*
Kent (3 pts) lead Nottinghamshire (3 pts) by 279 runs
Match scorecard

Zak Crawley’s spirited 111 helped Kent recover from a top-order collapse on day one of their match against Nottinghamshire at Tunbridge Wells.

Australian paceman James Pattinson (6-73) helped reduce the hosts to 119-6 before a stoic 100-run partnership.

Supported by Grant Stewart (59), Crawley led Kent to 236-8 before tea.

Once Crawley had gone, a last-wicket stand of 55 between Harry Podmore (49 no) and Matt Milnes took Kent to 309 all out before Notts closed on 30-0.

Crawley, 21, drove Kent’s innings with a considered 157-ball century after Kent were reduced to 100-5 before lunch.

Nottinghamshire, still chasing their first victory of the season, bowled superbly in the morning as Pattinson and Luke Fletcher (2-77), swept through the top order.

But the hosts responded, dominating the day’s middle sessions, before Pattinson took the wickets of Stewart after lunch and Ollie Rayner for a golden duck to stifle Kent’s progress.

The 29-year-old then bowled Crawley for his seventh wicket of the day, the batsman going nine short of his career-best.

The 10th-wicket stand helped Kent over the 300-run mark, Podmore was left stranded one short of his half-century as number 11 Milnes (13) was caught by Ben Duckett off the bowling of Jake Ball (2-59).

And Nottinghamshire’s Duckett (17 not out), alongside Ben Slater (13 not out), saw off the last 10 overs to leave the visitors trailing by 279.

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