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Rain denies Kent

Rain thwarted Kent’s bid to force only their second win of the season when persistent and heavy showers throughout the final day forced the abandonment of Kent’s LV= County Championship Division Two match with Gloucestershire at Canterbury.

With Gloucestershire teetering on the brink of defeat at 307 for nine - still 92 short of their victory target - the heavens opened above St Lawrence Ground just 10 minutes before the scheduled 11am start time and barely relented thereafter.

The umpires, Neil Bainton and David Millns, sent the players for an early lunch at 12:30pm but, with rain still falling, had little option but to call the game off come 3pm, leaving Gloucestershire’s Gareth Roderick as the visiting hero, unbeaten on a match-saving 152.

Kent bagged seven points for the stalemate, while promotion-chasing Gloucestershire will just about stay in the hunt after banking five.

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