Rain hinders Kent progress
Rain frustrated Kent’s attempts to press home their advantage against Hampshire as only 33.4 overs were possible on day three of the LV=County Championship Division Two match at the Ageas Bowl.
An enterprising stand of 61 for the seventh wicket between Darren Stevens and Geraint Jones helped Kent push on during what play was possible to 438 for eight at the close, a lead of 146.
Rob Key’s side, who started the match only five points behind Hampshire in second place, began the third day on 291 for five in response to their hosts’ first-innings total of 292 all out after an 80-minute delay.
Nightwatchman Mark Davies and Stevens took the score to 324 before they were parted, the former miscuing a pull off James Tomlinson to Dimitri Mascarenhas at mid-on after making 17.
Jones and Stevens came together at this point and the former England wicketkeeper produced some pleasing strokes and five fours until he was bowled attempting to drive Sean Ervine with the score on 385.
Stevens remained to secure the full compliment of batting points but was also accounted for on 40 by Ervine – who boasted figures of 3-95 at the close - as Tomlinson clung on to an aerial drive.
James Tredwell and Matthew Coles avoided further losses and before rain intruded for a third time their ninth-wicket partnership had gleaned a further 29 runs.
Tredwell matched Jones’ boundary count as he raced to 21 from 29 deliveries. Not to be outdone, Coles’ 19 featured a pair of sixes off England Lions spinner Danny Briggs.