Lancashire bid for last-day victory

Croft - enforced follow-on
Croft - enforced follow-on
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Kent’s cricketers offered stubborn resistance to Lancashire’s bowlers after being forced to follow-on during the third morning of their LV= Division Two match at Emirates Old Trafford, but the visitors still need 44 runs to make Steven Croft’s team bat again.

At the close of play Kent were 148 for three with Brendan Nash on 18 and Sam Northeast on 11. In the first session of the day the visitors were bowled out for 252, thereby conceding a deficit of 192 runs, and Croft had no hesitation in enforcing the follow on.

Resuming on 214 for seven, the visitors suffered their first reverse when Mitch Claydon was caught in the gully by Ashwell Prince off Peter Siddle for 21.

Northeast reached a deserved half-century, but on 55 he hooked Kyle Jarvis to long leg where Siddle took a straightforward catch. Adam Riley was pouched at slip by Paul Horton off Simon Kerrigan for six to end the innings after just over an hour’s play.

Jarvis finished with figures of four for 50 while Siddle claimed two for 57 and Kerrigan two for 27.

Kent’s openers added 34 runs without mishap before lunch but Lancashire’s bowlers enjoyed their first success in the third over after the resumption when Daniel Bell-Drummond’s defensive push only edged a ball from Jordan Clark to wicketkeeper Alex Davies.

The opener was dismissed for 18 but Steven Croft’s team had to wait nearly 20 overs for their next wicket, that of Rob Key, who was bowled middle stump by a full-length ball from Siddle when he had made 34 out of a second-wicket partnership of 72 with Joe Denly.

Lancashire used seven bowlers in the afternoon but were made to work much harder for their wickets than during the second day of this game.

However, the home attack made a vital breakthrough with the first ball after the break when Denly, having batted 176 minutes and faced 127 balls for his 60 runs, was lbw to a delivery from Jarvis which came back off the pitch.

Nash and Northeast then ensured that the home team did not build on that success in the next six overs and rain arrived at 4.30pm thereby preventing any play for 110 minutes.

In the tricky four-over late evening session that followed the resumption Nash and Northeast added six runs without mishap.

Weather permitting, Kent will almost certainly need to bat for a couple of sessions on the final day to avoid losing their second County Championship match in succession while Lancashire will be looking to follow up their victory at Derby last week.