Massive win for Australia in the warm-up game against Kent

Kent's Daniel Bell Drummond celebrates his 50 against Australia in the warm-up game in Canterbury.
Kent's Daniel Bell Drummond celebrates his 50 against Australia in the warm-up game in Canterbury.
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Australia 507-8 dec & 322-4 dec (Mitchell 101) beat
Kent 280 & 294 (Bell-Drummond 127) by 255 runs
Warm-up game, Canterbury, day four 

Riding on a good team performance, Australia went on to beat Kent by 255 runs, gaining a massive victory in their first practice game in Canterbury, ahead of the much anticipated Ashes series.

Australia declared their innings overnight, giving their bowlers a chance to press for victory, having taken a massive lead of 549 runs, at the end of day three. 

Kent started well with the bat with Daniel Bell-Drummond (127) and Joe Denly (22) putting up a 55-run opening stand in just 10 overs.

Denly was severe on Mitchell Johnson (1-29) hitting him for a couple of boundaries in the second over, while Bell-Drummond was severe on Ryan Harris (2-59) managing 14 runs in the fifth over. 

Peter Siddle (1-34) got the initial breakthrough for the visitors getting through the defense of Denly. 

Robert Key (14) joined Bell-Drummond as the duo added 29 runs before Fawad Ahmed got rid of Key. 

Skipper, Sam Northeast looked in a hurry, as he scored a boundary off Fawad and a six of Mitchell Marsh (1-28) to bring up the Kent 100.

However, it was Marsh, who had the last laugh, inducing the edge of the Kent skipper, caught by Brad Haddin.

Bell-Drummond, shifted gears in the 31st over hitting 18 runs off Fawad and backed it with another 17 runs in the 33rd over to bring his century in just 92 deliveries, making life difficult for the leg-spinner. 

However, wickets kept tumbling at the other end, with only Mitchell Claydon (53), smashed a 21-ball cameo, Kent eventually was dismissed for 294, losing the game by a massive 255 runs.

For Australia, Steven Smith (3-54) managed to get the wickets of the lower-order while Harris and Fawad picked a couple of wickets each.

Australia will now be heading to Chelmsford, for their second tour game against Essex on Wednesday, before taking on England in the first Ashes Test starting 8th July in Cardiff.

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