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Weather denies youngster Fell

Worcestershire's Tom Fell cruelly missed out on a maiden first-class century as the rain-wrecked LV= County Championship Division Two fixture with Kent squelched to a at New Road.

The 19-year-old Oxford Brookes student took another step towards a full-time contract, extending his career-best innings to 94 not out as the home side advanced to 284 for eight, still 40 runs behind.

Only 44 balls were bowled on the final day but both sides picked up an extra bonus point and Jack Shantry, who partnered Fell in an eighth-wicket stand of 126, did reach a milestone when completing his first half-century.

While Fell continued to play a measured role - he hit 12 fours from 162 balls in all - the left-handed Shantry, who hit 54, targeted James Tredwell.

He planted the off-spinner's first delivery over the fence at long-on and, in his following over, hit successive balls for six and four - only to be bowled by the next delivery.

This gave Tredwell a return of 5-51, his best in the championship for two years. However, like Fell, he was denied further success when rain set in after lunch. The umpires finally abandoned the match shortly after 3pm.