Dawson shines after showers
A century from opener Liam Dawson finally gave the faithful something to applaud in the rain-ruined LV= County Championship Division Two clash at Tunbridge Wells, which will see Hampshire go into the final day on 229 for six in the first innings.
After four inspections, play finally got under way at 4pm – almost 47 hours since Kent had taken Hampshire’s third wicket on Wednesday evening – and with the visitors resuming on 90 for three.
Despite heavy overnight rain and the square having sweated under the covers since Tuesday afternoon, the pitch revealed nothing untoward and Simon Katich and Dawson suffered no alarms in reaching their respective half-centuries.
Australian left-hander Katich reached the milestone first from 99 balls and Dawson passed the landmark from 117, soon after clubbing a four and a six from James Tredwell’s first three deliveries of the game.
Yet Tredwell enjoyed a measure of revenge when, with the Hampshire score on 136, Katich padded up to an arm ball to go lbw for 54.
Three overs later, Sean Ervine - in looking to drive on the up against Matt Coles - dragged the ball onto his off stump to depart without scoring.
With his dander up, Coles bounced one in at Michael Bates to break the right-hander’s grille and snap off half a front tooth in the process.
The batsman changed his headgear and continued on gamely but, on 30, he fended at a Charlie Shreck leg-cutter and steered a comfortable catch to Tredwell at second slip.
It proved Kent’s last success of the day, but there was still time in a 44-over final session for Dawson to reach his hundred with a sweetly-timed four against Tredwell.
By stumps Dawson had reached 111, with Dimitri Mascarenhas unbeaten on six.