Stevens hits career-best 237
Darren Stevens hit a remarkable career-best innings of 237 to turn around Kent’s fortunes against Yorkshire on a record-breaking day at Headingley.
Duanne Olivier took four quick wickets to reduce Kent to 39 for five only for Stevens and captain Sam Billings to steer them away from trouble.
Stevens, who is out of contract at the end of the season, and Billings (138) shared a partnership of 346, the best in Kent history for the sixth wicket, to carry the visitors to 482 for eight at the close.
Second-placed Essex, needing a win to keep up the pressure before meeting Somerset in the final game, were frustrated by bad light as 50 overs were lost on the first day of their clash with Surrey.
Jamie Porter and Sam Cook took two wickets each as Surrey reached 137 for four, with Ben Foakes unbeaten on 31.
Lancashire secured the Division Two title as they posted a firstinnings total of 259 against Middlesex.