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Honours even at Canterbury

A placid St Lawrence pitch dictated that Kent's LV= County Championship clash with second division rivals Hampshire ended in a dull draw in Canterbury.

After four days of slow scoring on a docile wicket that led to the loss of only 23 wickets and three centuries, the sides shook hands on a draw with Hampshire on 200 for four in their second innings - an overall advantage in the match of 92 runs.

Hampshire, trailing by 108 after the first innings and resuming on 15 without loss, had little trouble in batting out the final day to secure their sixth draw of the campaign for a seven-point return.

Kent - still searching for a first championship win on home soil this term - banked eight points from a seventh draw in 11 starts.

The hosts needed quick wickets at the start of the final day if they were to push for their second successive four-day victory but required 14 overs before finding a breakthrough.

With the total on 45 Jimmy Adams made a late decision to shoulder arms to England off-spinner James Tredwell and departed lbw for 12.

Former Kent opener Michael Carberry moved to his second half-century of the match from 133 balls by pulling Sam Northeast for his eighth four.

The left-hander perished 16 runs further on when he edged behind to give a second scalp to Tredwell in his return of 3-87.

Liam Dawson, who also scored a first-innings fifty, proved rock-solid second time around in scoring an unbeaten 78 off 166 balls.

He lost third wicket partner James Vince to a top-edged sweep that ballooned to Rob Key at leg-slip, then Sean Ervine for 12 as he steered Charlie Shreck to Darren Stevens at gully.

Dawson and Adam Wheater batted through the 50 minutes after tea without further alarm, allowing the teams to shake hands on the stalemate.

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