North­east frus­trated

Kent cricket

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Cricket -

Kent’s hopes of win­ning only the fourth game of their LV=County Cham­pi­onship Di­vi­sion 2 cam­paign were dashed by a de­ter­mined ti­tle-chas­ing Lan­cashire at Can­ter­bury on Fri­day. Lan­cashire, re­sum­ing on 47-2 in their sec­ond in­nings and still trail­ing the sec­ond­bot­tom hosts by 264 runs, bat­ted through the fi­nal day to fin­ish on 258-4 when play was called off 10 overs early. Kent, bat­ting first, had made 570-8 de­clared, an in­nings which in­cluded hun­dreds from Rob Key (113) and cap­tain Sam North­east (139). The hosts then dis­missed Lan­cashire for 259 to set up the chance of vic­tory. But North­east was left won­der­ing what might have been as the visi­tors es­caped with a draw. Lan­cashire cap­tain Steven Croft led the re­sis­tance with an un­beaten 72 as he and wick­et­keeper Alex Davies (58 not out) guided their team to safety with a 120-run part­ner­ship. North­east said: “We had high hopes af­ter talk­ing those two wick­ets late on the third day but we didn’t bowl as well as we could do. But at the same time, I thought they bat­ted well and it just didn’t go for us. We want to fin­ish the sea­son strongly and this per­for­mance is a step in the right di­rec­tion.”

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