Saggers and Trott secure extra point for Kent

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Martin Saggers and Ben Trott shared a last-wicket stand of 41 to help Kent earn an unlikely third batting bonus point before being dismissed for 304 by Glamorgan in their County Championship First Division match at Maidstone yesterday. By the close Glamorgan were 7 for 1 in reply, losing Jimmy Maher, trapped leg before by Saggers with the day's last ball.

Kent would have been disappointed not to have made more on an excellent pitch for batting. They were 229 for 5 at tea and seemingly well-placed for a big score, but a spell of 4 for 13 off 24 balls by Darren Thomas hastened their demise. Robert Key top-scored with 97.

Thomas finished with four for 67 and Steve Watkin returned impressive figures of 2 for 63. Glamorgan suffered some early scares before Saggers ended a good day personally, removing Mayer.

The bowlers were also on top at Ilford as Essex, having removed Surrey for 198, were left struggling for a first-innings lead by the close. When stumps were drawn, Essex were 145 for 7 after 52 overs, with Ronnie Irani holding home hopes afloat, having moved to an unbeaten 55.

Adam Hollioake, pressing his claims for a recall to England duty, had earlier struck 77 in helping Surrey to their total, with Irani taking 5 for 58.

In the Second Division, Hampshire were thankful to three of their more experienced players as they reached 310 for 7 by the end of the first day's play against Middlesex at Southgate.

Robin Smith, now 37, the Zimbabwean Neil Johnson and the wicketkeeper Adrian Aymes helped themselves to half-centuries alongside the young opener Derek Kenway to leave the visitors in a strong position overnight.