County Championship Division Two: Kent claim 10 wicket win behind Bell-Drummond runs, with draws elsewhere in the division

Kent have moved up to third in Division Two of the County Championship following a 10 wicket victory over Glamorgan at Canterbury

County Championship Division Two: Kent claim 10 wicket win behind Bell-Drummond runs, with draws elsewhere in the division
Daniel Bell-Drummond scored 170 runs in the match, as Kent beat Glamorgan by ten wickets (image via: Getty)

Kent have become just the third side to win a game in Division Two of the County Championship this season, to move up to third in the table. 

As seen by the four draws in Division One this week, it has been incredibly difficult so far this season to win first-class matches, with only five of 18 counties having done so after a month of competition. 

Outside of Kent's win in Division Two this week, were draws at the matches hosted by Northamptonshire, Sussex and Worcestershire.

Bell-Drummond passes 500 runs on the season as Kent demolish Glamorgan by 10 wickets

With Alastair Cook's opening partner in the England side seeming to change series-after-series, one young batsman who won't be far away from selection if he continues to churn out runs is Daniel Bell-Drummond.

The Kent opener has already passed 500 runs this season, following scores of 84 and 86* in his county's victory over Glamorgan at Canterbury this week. 

After bowling out the Welsh side for 260 in the opening innings, Kent then took control of the match after scoring 488, with five batsmen passing 50. Bell-Drummond top scored, but was ably assisted by Tom Latham (53), Joe Denly (58), Darren Stevens (58) and Mitchell Claydon (55) as the hosts built a first innings lead of 228. 

With the game seemingly in the bag after Glamorgan had slumped to 156-5 in their second innings, a brilliant partnership between David Lloyd and Graeme Wagg ensured that Kent would still have to fight for their victory. The pair added 215 in under 40 overs, with Lloyd making 107 off 128 balls, and Wagg 106 from 133 deliveries to push Glamorgan into the lead. 

Stevens (4-79) and Matt Coles (3-80) knocked over the tail relatively cheaply, meaning Kent would require 187 in the final day to claim victory. 

Bell-Drummond and Latham reached the target with relative ease, as both batsmen passed 50 for the second time in the match. Having made 131 together in the first innings, this was the first time since 1954, that Kent openers had shared stands of 100+ in both innings of the match. 

Bell-Drummond and Latham hit back-to-back century partnerships in Kent's win over Glamorgan (image via: Kent CCC Twitter)

New Zealand international Latham made 79 not out and watched on as Bell-Drummond hit the winning runs in bizarre fashion. With Kent on 186-0, the two sides had shaken hands and left the field, before the umpires were made aware that the scores were still level, with the players returning to field to watch Harry Podmore's first delivery hit to the fence. 

Kent claim the full 24 points available following the big win, while Glamorgan head back to Wales with five points, and sit bottom of the table. 

Nash century saves game for Sussex 

Relegated Sussex are struggling as they look for an instant return to Division One, having drawn three straight matches. This week's draw at home to Leicestershire only came thanks to a final day rearguard from their batsmen, having been outplayed for the opening three day's of the contest. 

Bowled out for 163 in their first innings, Sussex then watched-on as recent whipping-boys Leicestershire posted 473-8 declared, behind centuries from new signings Paul Horton (100) and Mark Pettini (142*), and 80 from the skipper Mark Cosgrove.

Chris Nash celebrates his century at Hove to salvage the draw (image via: Getty)

The declaration left Sussex facing a maximum of 135 overs from which they needed to avoid defeat, and their nerves were settled by an opening partnership of 136 between Ed Joyce and Chris Nash. Nash struck his second century of the summer, making 144, with Joyce's 69 and Ross Taylor's 62 paving the way to Sussex claiming the draw, which was confirmed with the home side 377-6 late on day four. 

Cook notches third century of Summer as high-scoring dictates draws in Worcester and Northampton

Worcestershire and Essex drew their match at New Road, after both batting lineups piled on the runs. For Essex, Alastair Cook hit 142 and Tom Westley 125 as the leaders posted 451-9dec in their first innings, before Worcestershire replied with a pair of centuries of their own.

Brett D'Oliveira second first-class century saw him make 128, with Tom Kohler-Cadmore then adding an unbeaten 119 to take past 400. The visitors then reached 95-2, before the sides shook hands agreeing on the inevitable draw, taking 12 points each from the fixture.

It was a similar story in Northampton, where the match between Northamptonshire and Derbyshire only reached the third innings.

Derby opened the match with a below-par 324 first innings, which was easily trumped by the home side who were eventually dismissed for 470. 23-year-old Jake Libby made 102 opening up alongide Ben Duckett who added 60 runs of his own. The South African's then took over the innings, with Richard Levi hitting 11 boundaries in his 104, and Rory Kleinveldt smashing 97 from 69 balls, in an innings which included 13 fours and three sixes. 

Batting to save the game, Derbyshire had no strife whatsoever, losing just one wicket in 60 overs. Chesney Hughes hit his second ton of the campaign, making an unbeaten 109, with opening partner Billy Godleman reaching 94 before getting out hit-wicket to Libby.