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Goodwin puts Glamorgan in charge

Forty-year-old Murray Goodwin, the elder statesman of county cricket, notched the 69th first-class century of his career and a second in succession for his new county as Glamorgan took a grip of their LV= County Championship Division Two clash with Kent in Canterbury.

Winless Kent now face a two-day battle to save themselves from defeat after slumping to 73 for four in reply to Glamorgan's battling 378.

The eighth-placed hosts lost four wickets in the final 12 overs of day two before rain and bad light finally ended their struggles. Kent go into day three facing a deficit of 305.

Geraint Jones’ side were guilty of tossing away wickets on the same pitch that allowed Glamorgan's middle order to flourish earlier in the day.

Resuming on an overnight score of 155 for four after a rain-shortened opening day, the Welsh county lost Jim Allenby – caught behind by Jones off Charlie Shreck for 25 in the fifth over of the morning.

Former Zimbabwe Test batsman Goodwin, pictured, combined with his skipper Mark Wallace to add 105 for the sixth wicket in 33.2 overs.

The stand came to an end when Mitchell Claydon, on loan from Durham, bounced Wallace - who hooked instinctively only to pick out Ben Harmison at deep midwicket to make it 273 for six.

Goodwin cruised to a 190-ball century with 14 fours and looked to kick on in tandem with Graham Wagg, but the ex-Warwickshire all-rounder miscued an attempted drive against Claydon to be caught at short cover by a diving Harmison.

The end arrived for Goodwin on 136, driving Shreck on the up to be caught at cover and bring in last man Michael Reed. In his 11-match first-class career prior to today, Reed had mustered only 38 runs, yet against a tired Kent attack he cantered to a career-best 27 before Claydon finally snared him leg-before to end the innings soon after 5pm.

In fading light and with the floodlights on, Kent made a crisp start only to lose their way once opener Sam Northeast steered a delivery off the full face of the bat to second slip against Wagg to fall for 12.

Daniel Bell-Drummond, on 16, chipped a full ball from Reed into the hands of Ben Wright at square-leg then Rob Key fell in near identical fashion to the bowling of Michael Hogan while only seven runs better off.

Kent's miserable hour concluded when Brendan Nash nicked a defensive push against Hogan behind to slope off with his side languishing on 65 for four.

Rain arrived soon after and despite an attempt to restart the game at 6:30pm, umpires Steve Garratt and Neil Mallender were forced to abandon play for the day.

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