Emilio Gay makes hay as maiden ton puts Northamptonshire in box seat


Recalled opener reaches first first-class hundred before Kent’s late fightback keeps them in it

Northamptonshire 362 for 5 (Gay 101, Procter 81, Vasconcelos 66) vs Kent

Emilio Gay‘s maiden first-class century and fifites for Luke Procter and Ricardo Vasconcelos put Northamptonshire in the driving seat on the first day of their LV= Insurance County Championship match at Canterbury.

That was, at least, until a mini-revival from Kent pegged them back: the new ball then helped bring Kent back into it, Darren Stevens taking 2 for 52 and Matt Quinn 2 for 77 as Northants reached the close five down.

Kent lost the toss for the seventh time out of eight this season and they were once again left to rue their luck as the visitors chose to bat, Vasconcelos and Gay exploiting a benign surface to put on 135 for the first wicket.

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