Weather holds sway in Kent

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Kent and Durham's desperation for points at opposite ends of the table were done few favours by the weather at Canterbury.

Relegation-threatened Kent and title-hopefuls Durham saw the first day of the final LV County Championship Division One match of the season, at Canterbury, abandoned at tea because of bad light.

A total of 44 overs were lost on the day, with the hosts 190 for nine having lost the toss.

The Harmison brothers were the pick of the bowlers, with Steve taking 4-72 - including a spell of three wickets for one run in 10 balls - and Ben claiming 2-34. Mark Davies took 2-33.

Kent lost Joe Denly to the third ball of the day, when he edged Steve Harmison behind after being beaten outside the off-stump with the previous two balls.

A quick 25 from Geraint Jones took the total to 46 before he fell lbw to Davies without playing a shot and at lunch the hosts were 81 for two.

The first over after the break brought the dismissal of Martin van Jaarsveld (12), whose leading edge from a pull shot went for a catch to mid-off.

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Ben Harmison appeals for one of his two wickets for 34 runs

Meanwhile Robert Key had been scoring steadily. He drove Callum Thorp beautifully to extra-cover for four and his square drive to the backward point boundary off Davies took him to 46.

Upon reaching his half-century, from 86 balls with eight boundaries, he promptly pulled Davies for four and along with Darren Stevens he had brought about some stability to the Kent innings.

But on 141, Kent lost Stevens for 41, after the fourth-wicket stand had put on 66.

Stevens had faced 56 balls and hit six fours and a six over backward point off Steve Harmison.

His dismissal brought about a major collapse as Kent lost five wickets for 16 within eight overs.

Key's second scoring shot after reaching 50 also resulted in a boundary, at backward square-leg, before an excellent ball from Steve Harmison moved away from him, taking a thin edge for a catch behind the stumps.

It meant the Kent captain's innings ended on 58 from 100 balls, with 40 of his runs having come from boundaries.

After Ben Harmison had Ryan McLaren caught behind with no score, Steve Harmison trapped Justin Kemp leg before for five.

Both fell with the scoreboard showing 150 and seven runs later Steve Harmison accounted for Yasir Arafat (five) whose cut was held at gully.

Robbie Joseph scored 19 and took the total to 180 before he edged Thorp to give wicketkeeper Phil Mustard his third catch.

With nine wickets down, tea would have been delayed but with bad light intervening the players came off and eventually play was abandoned for the day with no improvement.

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