Key shows Test form in front of Fletcher

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Robert Key became the first of England's Ashes hopefuls to manage a County Championship century this season as he and Matthew Walker posted a double-century stand to put Kent in control against Gloucestershire at Bristol.

Robert Key became the first of England's Ashes hopefuls to manage a County Championship century this season as he and Matthew Walker posted a double-century stand to put Kent in control against Gloucestershire at Bristol.

Key, who was dropped in the first over of the morning by Upul Chandana at point, made 164 in front of the England coach Duncan Fletcher. He helped Walker, who hit 109, add 242 towards Kent's 339 for 6 by stumps on the second day of this First Division match.

Apart from a close call on 97 - when Chris Taylor threw down the non-striker's stumps as Key backed up and another run-out scare on 129, Key was impressively composed and untroubled.

Walker eventually fell caught behind by Stephen Adshead. Darren Stevens was run out when he was beaten by a direct hit from mid-off, and then Geraint Jones was lbw to Chandana. Key soldiered on in poor light until he got an under-edge on a cut at Steve Kirby and was caught behind having hit 18 fours and a six.

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