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Fell stays up amid downpours

Worcestershire teenager Tom Fell again blunted Kent's hopes of continuing their recent improvement in the LV= County Championship in two small passages of play on a rain-ruined third day at New Road.

The 19-year-old batsman advanced his career-best score to 75 not out as the home side moved to in their first innings - still trailing by 83 runs - after adding 28 in 7.4 overs after tea.

Following downpours in the morning, play was delayed until 4:45pm and the players were back in the pavilion within 20 minutes after more rain.

On their return they stayed out for only a couple more overs before umpires Rob Bailey and Michael Gough quickly called off proceedings for the day when more rain rolled in from the Malvern Hills.

Fell has so far hit 11 boundaries in an impressively composed innings and his eighth-wicket partner, Jack Shantry, looked a more than a capable batsman in reaching 30 in an undefeated stand of 83 in 28 overs.