Northeast puts Derbyshire under pressure
An LV= County Championship-best of 165 by opening batsman Sam Northeast put Kent in command against Division Two leaders Derbyshire at Canterbury.
At stumps, visitors Derbyshire had reached 30 for one after 17 overs in pursuit of a mammoth victory target of 404, with Paul Borrington and Usman Khawaja unbeaten on eight and 16, after Kent declared on 342 for eight.
They will require a further 374 for victory on the final day after losing captain Wayne Madsen to a catch at second slip off Mark Davies with only the fourth ball of their response.
The day started with a Kent run feast as the hosts moved on from their parlous overnight position of 59 for three, to pile on the runs through Northeast.
The former England Under-19 batsman featured in century stands with Brendan Nash and Michael Powell, who made 62 and 56 not out respectively, as Derbyshire mustered only one breakthrough in the opening two sessions, and that when Nash miscued an attempted paddle sweep soon after lunch.
Northeast posted a chanceless hundred, his third of the season, from 224 balls and with eight fours and had moved well beyond his previous best of 140 before his weary cut shot against Ross Whiteley picked out wide third-man to end his six-hour vigil.
Thereafter, Kent lost four wickets in as many overs in the pursuit of quick runs - two of them to foolish run outs and two to spinner David Wainwright - to spark Rob Key's declaration just before 4:30pm that left the visitors to face the 17 remaining overs.