Davies misses ton as Lancs take control

Davies - one short of century
Davies - one short of century
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Lancashire cricketer Alex Davies fell one short of a maiden first-class century and Kyle Jarvis took three for 35 as his sdie dominated the second day of their Division Two County Championship match with Kent at Old Trafford.

By the time rain ended play eight overs early, Rob Key’s team were 214 for seven, still 230 runs in arrears of Lancashire first-innings 444 and the visitors’ main hope of scoring the 81 runs they need to avoid the follow-on seems to rest with Sam Northeast, who is 48 not out

In the morning session wicketkeeper-batsman Davies fell agonisingly short of a maiden first-class hundred but his side still amassed a formidable first-innings total as the 20-year-old was given excellent support by the lower order batsmen.

Davies had batted fluently, taking only 47 balls to get from 50 to a career-best 99 before he flashed at Mitch Claydon but snicked a sharp chance to second slip where Matt Coles took a two-handed catch high to his right.

That wicket was the third to fall to Kent’s bowlers in the morning session, Darren Stevens having had Jordan Clark caught at the wicket by Sam Billings off the first ball of the day. Peter Siddle made only 12 before he edged Ivan Thomas to Billings but by then the attention of most of the crowd was focused on Davies.

Tom Bailey and Davies added 55 for the eighth wicket before Davies was dismissed and Bailey was caught for 21 four overs later when he skied Claydon to Billings.

Simon Kerrigan and Kyle Jarvis then added 32 in an entertaining last wicket stand before Kerrigan edged Claydon to Billings, whose sixth catch equalled the record for a Kent wicketkeeper’s dismissals against Lancashire, the original mark having been set by Alan Knott at Folkestone in 1967. Claydon took four for 103 and Coles claimed three for 79.

In the afternoon session Jarvis took three wickets and Clark grabbed a maiden first-class success as Lancashire took a firmer grip on the game.

Having made 28 out of an opening stand of 62, Daniel Bell-Drummond played away from his body and edged the ball to Steven Croft to give the Zimbabwean his first wicket and then Rob Key got a thin inside edge to a good ball in Jarvis’s next over from the Pavilion End.

When Joe Denly had also made 28, he nicked a ball he had to play directly to Paul Horton at first slip and Clark completed Lancashire’s excellent afternoon when Brendan Nash attempted to guide a short ball from Clark over the slips but only edged a catch to Davies. Jarvis came into tea with figures of three for 20 from his eight overs.

Resuming on 129 for four Kent first lost Stevens who was lbw for 15 when playing no shot to Siddle. Northeast and Sam Billings then offered visiting supporters some cause for optimism with a 42-run sixth wicket stand but Alviro Petersen’s sharp throw from mid off quenched that hope by running out Billings for 28.

Coles was out immediately before the rain arrived, bowled for 19 when attempting to reverse sweep Simon Kerrigan, a dismissal which seemed to sum up Kent’s grim day.