List of Kent County Cricket Club first-class cricket records

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This is a list of Kent County Cricket Club first-class cricket records; that is, record team and individual performances in first-class cricket for Kent County Cricket Club.

As of March 2017, Kent have played over 3,000 first-class matches since the official formation of the club in 1842. Over 2,800 of these have been in the County Championship which Kent have been a member of since its inaugural season in 1890.[1] Before August 1842 the county was represented by a number of first-class teams who competed against county sides and other representative teams.

Team records

All records last updated 4 July 2017

Kent's highest score in an innings was achieved in 1934 against Essex at Brentwood. Their highest score at a home ground was set in 2017 at Beckenham with Northamptonshire as the opposition.[2][3] This surpassed the score of 633/8 made in 2015 at Tunbridge Wells against Essex.[4][5] The county's lowest innings totals all date from the 19th century.[2]

Highest partnerships

The highest partnership in Kent's history was 382 runs, set in 2017 at Beckenham against Northamptonshire. This surpassed the previous highest partnership of 368 runs set in 1990.[3][6]

Runs Players Opposition Venue Season
382 (2nd wicket) Sean Dickson (318) Joe Denly (182) v Northamptonshire County Cricket Ground, Beckenham 2017
368 (4th wicket) Aravinda de Silva (255) Graham Cowdrey (137) v Derbyshire Mote Park, Maidstone 1995
366 (2nd wicket) Simon Hinks (234) Neil Taylor (152*) v Middlesex St Lawrence Ground, Canterbury 1990
352 (2nd wicket) Bill Ashdown (332) Frank Woolley (172) v Essex Old County Ground, Brentwood 1934
323 (3rd wicket) Robert Key (189) Martin van Jaarsveld (168) v Surrey Nevill Ground, Tunbridge Wells 2005
Highest partnership for each wicket
Partnership Runs Players Opposition Venue Season
1st wicket 300 Neil Taylor (146) Mark Benson (160) v Derbyshire St Lawrence Ground, Canterbury 1991
2nd wicket 382 Sean Dickson (318) Joe Denly (182) v Northamptonshire County Cricket Ground, Beckenham 2017[3]
3rd wicket 323 Robert Key (189) Martin van Jaarsveld (168) v Surrey Nevill Ground, Tunbridge Wells 2005
4th wicket 368 Aravinda de Silva (255) Graham Cowdrey (137) v Derbyshire Mote Park, Maidstone 1995
5th wicket 277 Frank Woolley (224) Les Ames (115) v New Zealanders St Lawrence Ground, Canterbury 1931
6th wicket 315 Aravinda de Silva (225) Mark Ealham (121) v Nottinghamshire Trent Bridge, Nottingham 1995
7th wicket 248 Arthur Day (118) Punter Humphreys (149) v Somerset County Ground, Taunton 1908
8th wicket 222 Sam Northeast (166*) James Tredwell (124) v Essex County Cricket Ground, Chelmsford 2016[7]
9th wicket 171 Mark Ealham (122) Paul Strang (73) v Nottinghamshire Trent Bridge, Nottingham 1997
10th wicket 235 Frank Woolley (185) Arthur Fielder (112*) v Worcestershire War Memorial Athletic Ground, Stourbridge 1909

The stand of 235 achieved by Woolley and Fielder in 1909 remains, as of 2017, a record for the 10th wicket in County cricket.

Appearances

Five men have made more than 500 appearances for Kent in first-class cricket.[8]

Individual batting records

Frank Woolley holds the records for most runs scored for Kent as well as most runs in a season and most centuries in a career with 122, the only player with more than 100 centuries for the county. He made 10 centuries for the county in a season in 1928 and 1934.[6] Arthur Fagg scored two double centuries in a match against Essex at Colchester in 1938, a feat unique in first-class cricket as of March 2017.[6][9]

The highest individual score for the county is 332 runs, achieved by Bill Ashdown against Essex at Brentwood in 1934. Ashdown is one of only two men to have scored more than 300 runs in an innings for the county, doing so twice in his career.[6] Sean Dickson is the only other triple-centurion for Kent, scoring 318 runs against Northamptonshire in 2017.[3]

Highest individual score in an innings
Runs Player Opponent Venue Season
332 Bill Ashdown v Essex Old County Ground, Brentwood 1934
318 Sean Dickson v Northamptonshire County Cricket Ground, Beckenham 2017[3]
305* Bill Ashdown v Derbyshire Crabble Athletic Ground, Dover 1935
295 Les Ames v Gloucestershire Cheriton Road, Folkestone 1933
275* Matthew Walker v Somerset St Lawrence Ground, Canterbury 1996

Individual records (bowling)

Spin bowlers Tich Freeman and Colin Blythe dominate Kent bowling records. Freeman is the leading wicket taker in Kent's history and holds the records for the most 5-for and 10-for innings in first-class cricket.[10] Blythe has the best known figures in an innings for the county, taking 10/30 against Northamptonshire in 1907.[11]

Freeman took 10 wickets in a match for Kent 128 times with Blythe achieving the same feat 64 times. Doug Wright took six first-class hat-tricks for the county during his career as well as one for MCC in 1938/39. His seven hat-tricks is a world best total in first-class cricket. Dean Headley took three hat-tricks in the 1996 season for Kent, equalling the world best.[11] Joseph Wells became the first recorded bowler to take four wickets in four balls for any team when playing for Kent against Sussex in 1862.[11][12]

Note: The most wickets taken in a season for Kent by a bowler other than Freeman is 185, by Colin Blythe in 1909. Freeman (14 times), Blythe (8 times), Arthur Fielder (twice) and Frank Woolley (once) are the only men to take 150 wickets or more in a season for Kent.[11]

Best figures in an innings
Bowling Player Opponent Venue Season
10/30 Colin Blythe v Northamptonshire County Cricket Ground, Northampton 1907
10/53 Tich Freeman v Essex Southchurch Park, Southend-on-Sea 1930
10/65 George Collins v Nottinghamshire Crabble Athletic Ground, Dover 1922
10/79 Tich Freeman v Lancashire Old Trafford, Manchester 1931
10/131 Tich Freeman v Lancashire Mote Park, Maidstone 1929

Edmund Hinkly took ten wickets in an innings against England at Lord's in 1848, the first time that the feat of taking all ten wickets in a first-class innings is known to have been achieved in first-class cricket.[13] It is not known how many runs he conceded in doing so. These are the only occasions on which a Kent bowler has taken all 10 wickets in an innings.

Best figures in a match
Bowling Player Opponent Venue Season
17/48 Colin Blythe v Northamptonshire County Ground, Northampton 1907
17/67 Tich Freeman v Sussex County Ground, Hove 1922
17/92 Tich Freeman v Warwickshire Cheriton Road, Folkestone 1932
16/80 Doug Wright v Somerset Recreation Ground, Bath 1939
16/82 Tich Freeman v Northamptonshire Nevill Ground, Tunbridge Wells 1932

Hinkly took 16 wickets in the match against England in 1848 but, again, it is not known how many runs he conceded.

As of November 2017, only three players have taken a wicket for Kent with their first ball in first-class cricket for the county: George McCanlis in 1873, Colin Blythe in 1899 and Gerald Hough in 1919. Hough's wicket was the only one he took in his first-class career.[14]

Fielding records

Frank Woolley holds the Kent record for the most catches by a non-wicket-keeper with 773 taken during his long career with the county. James Seymour is the only other man to take more than 500 catches with 659. Chris Tavaré holds the record for the most catches in a season for Kent with 48 taken in 1978. Seymour took 40 or more catches for the county six times during his career.[15]

Wicketkeeping records

Kent are known for having produced a line of top-class wicketkeepers.[16][17] The long-serving Fred Huish holds the record for the most career dismissals for the county. Huish's nine stumpings in one match in 1911 are a world record.[15]

  • Most dismissals in an innings: 8 Steve Marsh vs Middlesex at Lord's, 1991 (8 catches, no stumpings)
  • Most dismissals in a match: 10 Fred Huish vs Surrey at The Oval, 1911 (1 catch, 9 stumpings) and Jack Hubble vs Gloucestershire at College Ground, Cheltenham, 1923 (9 catches, 1 stumping)
  • Most catches in a season: 78 Alan Knott, 1967
  • Most stumpings in a season: 56 Les Ames, 1932
  • Most total dismissals in a season: 116 Les Ames, 1929
  • Most catches in a career: 901 Fred Huish, 1895–1914
  • Most stumpings in a career: 352 Fred Huish, 1895–1914
  • Most total dismissals in a career: 1,253 Fred Huish, 1895–1914

See also

References

  1. ^ Milton H (2016) 'Match Records' in Reid J (ed) 2016 Kent County Cricket Club Annual, pp.191–198, Canterbury: Kent County Cricket Club
  2. ^ a b c d Milton H (2016) 'Team Records' in Reid J (ed) 2016 Kent County Cricket Club Annual, pp.199–202, Canterbury: Kent County Cricket Club
  3. ^ a b c d e f Dickson's 318 tops day of Kent records, CricInfo, 2017-07-04. Retrieved 2017-07-04.
  4. ^ Kent crush Essex in LV= County Championship Division 2 clash at Tunbridge Wells, Kent Online, 2015-07-21. Retrieved 2016-02-06.
  5. ^ Records tumble at Tunbridge Wells, Kent County Cricket Club, 2015-07-22. Retrieved 2016-02-06.
  6. ^ a b c d Milton H (2016) 'Batting Records' in Reid J (ed) 2016 Kent County Cricket Club Annual, pp.203–215, Canterbury: Kent County Cricket Club
  7. ^ Essex go top in spite of record resistance from Northeast and Tredwell, CricInfo, 2016-07-06. Retrieved 2016-07-06.
  8. ^ Milton H (2016) 'Players' Records' in Reid J (ed) 2016 Kent County Cricket Club Annual, pp.232–235, Canterbury: Kent County Cricket Club
  9. ^ Fagg's unique double-hundreds, CricInfo. Retrieved 2017-07-15.
  10. ^ 'Tich’ Freeman: Colossus who ruled the County Championship for Kent, Cricket Country, 2013-05-17. Retrieved 2016-02-06.
  11. ^ a b c d Milton H (2016) 'Bowling Records' in Reid J (ed) 2016 Kent County Cricket Club Annual, pp.216–224, Canterbury: Kent County Cricket Club
  12. ^ Dhole P (2016) Four wickets in four balls: A short list, Cricket Country, 2016-11-10. Retrieved 2017-03-11.
  13. ^ Cowdrey's crowning glory, CricInfo, 2003-07-11. Retrieved 2016-02-06.
  14. ^ 'Bowling records' in Kent County Cricket Club Annual 2017, pp.197–205. Canterbury: Kent County Cricket Club.
  15. ^ a b Milton H (2016) 'Fielding and Wicketkeeping Records' in Reid J (ed) 2016 Kent County Cricket Club Annual, pp.225–227, Canterbury: Kent County Cricket Club
  16. ^ Billings keen to match the Kent keeper kings, Canterbury Times, 2014-04-17. Retrieved 2016-03-01.
  17. ^ Obituary: Fred Huish, Wisden Cricketers' Almanack 1958. Retrieved 2016-02-17.

External links

  • Kent County Cricket Club website
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