Prince rules for Lancashire
Ashwell Prince hit an unbeaten 134 on a day of missed chances and milestones in Canterbury as Lancashire reached a respectable 269 for eight in their end-of-season LV= Championship clash with Kent.
The South Africa opening batsman posted the 35th century of his illustrious career to cement an otherwise faltering first innings by the newly-crowned Division Two champions. The left-hander barely put a foot wrong against a makeshift Kent attack shorn of Calum Haggett and Charlie Shreck.
Kent gave a surprise first-class debut to 19-year-old rookie pace bowler Matt Hunn, who was thrown in at the deep end to take the new ball after signing on the eve of the match.
Both Kent and Hunn made a sound start once the fog cleared allowing play to begin at 10:45am and, having won the toss, Kent made their first breakthrough with the second ball of the match.
Mark Davies found a perfect length to draw Paul Horton forward and have the right-hander caught low and left-handed at second slip by Darren Stevens.
Hunn sent down three maidens but was seen off by Prince, who notched his 15,000th run in first-class cricket early in his stay.
Davies gave way at the Nackington Road End to Adam Ball, who struck with his ninth delivery by bowling Luis Reece will a full-length delivery.
However, Stevens grassed two tough chances in the slips just before lunch, downing Karl Brown on four against Ball and then 17 off James Tredwell via a deflection off the wicketkeeper's knee.
Prince and Brown added 71 in 27.1 overs either side of lunch until Stevens had Brown, pushing in defence at an away-swinger, caught behind by Kent's tumbling understudy keeper Sam Billings.
Prince notched his eighth fifty of the season from 129 balls and with seven fours and, on reaching 73, reached 1,000 runs for the championship summer.
Kent botched a third chance when Luke Procter edged a drive against Stevens to be downed at second slip by Sam Northeast.
Procter failed to capitalise and soon perished for eight to a diving catch at slip by Stevens after the left-hander had toe-ended an attempted sweep against Tredwell.
Andrea Agathangelou followed just before tea when he shouldered arms to Ball then Stevens took another athletic slip catch to account for Tom Smith following the break to give Tredwell his 350th first-class wicket.
After almost five hours at the crease, Prince reached his second hundred of the summer and sixth for Lancashire from 215 balls.
The second new ball accounted for Alex Davies, caught at slip when pushing defensively at namesake Mark, then Hunn bagged his maiden championship wicket by having Oliver Newby caught driving on the up at extra-cover.
Kent downed a fifth chance late in the day when Billings parried a diving chance off the edge of Stephen Parry's bat to deny Hunn a second scalp.