Worcestershire Dominates Day One Against Kent with Roderick Century

Worcestershire scored 308 for 5 on the first day of their County Championship match against Kent, led by Gareth Roderick's 117. The match began with a minute's applause in memory of former Worcestershire player Josh Baker, who passed away last week.

author-image
Trim Correspondents
New Update
Worcestershire Dominates Day One Against Kent with Roderick Century

Worcestershire Dominates Day One Against Kent with Roderick Century

Worcestershire made an impressive start to their County Championship Division One match against Kent at The Spitfire Ground in Canterbury on Friday, scoring 308 for 5 on the first day. The team's centurion, Gareth Roderick, paid an emotional tribute to their former colleague Josh Baker, who tragically passed away last week at the age of 20.

Roderick led the way with a superb knock of 117 from 281 balls, his second successive first-class century. He shared vital partnerships of 136 and 102 with Kashif Ali and Adam Hose respectively. Ali contributed a solid 72, while Hose remained unbeaten on 50 at stumps.

Kent's bowlers toiled hard on a largely unresponsive pitch, with England leg-spinner Matt Parkinson taking 2 for 79. Joey Evison claimed two late wickets, including that of Roderick, to give Kent some momentum heading into day two. Beyers Swanepoel, Kent's overseas signing, admitted it was "not the ideal start" for the home side on "a wicket that is pretty on the flat side."

The match began on a somber note, with both teams lining up for a minute's applause in memory of Josh Baker before the start of play. Worcestershire players wore shirts with Baker's old number 33 asa tribute. "It was a very emotional day, obviously. It was a lovely tribute for Josh,"Roderick said after the day's play. "Being brutally honest, this morning the round of applause had quite a profound effect on me."

At the close of play on day one, Worcestershire reached 308 for 5, with Adam Hose and nightwatchman Josh Tongue at the crease. Kent will need to make early inroads on the second morning to prevent Worcestershire from posting an imposing first innings total. The match continues on Saturday at The Spitfire Ground.