The honors were shared the first morning at Headingley, where Kent went 66-3 at lunch after being sent at bat.
Yorkshire pitched with precision and enthusiasm, but English hitter Zak Crawley played well for 38 in challenging conditions.
Kent, for whom Stevens hit 237 and took seven wickets on his last visit here in 2019, ranked bottom of the bunch.
They will be quite pleased with their efforts thus far, as former Yorkshire hitter Jack Leaning, who was paired when these teams met at Canterbury last month, has yet to score at halftime.
The match started off bumpy when Yorkshire pacing bowler Ben Coad had a loud lbw yell against Daniel Bell-Drummond from the very first delivery.
Referee Richard Kettleborough rejected the appeal and Bell-Drummond cut the next ball to the edge of the east stand.
Coad’s frustration was short-lived as, from the final opening delivery, Bell-Drummond advanced to the third slip, where Harry Brook claimed a clever low catch.
Coad was playing for the first time since sustaining a shoulder injury in the season opener against Glamorgan.
Crawley possibly played the morning shot when he drove Coad to the Kirkstall Lane boundary, and Crawley also picked up a pair of bounds from Coad’s new ball partner Jordan Thompson.
It took starter Jordan Cox 50 minutes to hit his first limit, leading Duanne Olivier behind the late spot, and then led the South African for four and then pushed him to the limit off his pads.
Everything looked reasonably comfortable for the visitors at 46-1 in the twenty-second, despite relentless probing from the Yorkshire bowling alley, but then they lost their second wicket when Cox edged Steve Pattterson on the second slip, where Adam Lyth took the catch. falling to his right.
Cox had played very well for 20 and may think he didn’t need to push a delivery that was out of place.
Kent fell to 65-3 at 27 when Thompson, having switched sides to Kirkstall Lane, had Joe Denly caught in the second slip by Lyth for three.
Denly was pulling away from his body in a delivery that was outwardly shaped enough to draw him into the shot.
Thompson played particularly well during that second period and was unlucky enough to have no more rewards.
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This notice was published: 2021-05-06 12:03:04