Slow progress in soggy Manchester
Just 71 runs were scored in 38 overs as batting proved tough for both Kent and Lancashire on a rain-hit second day of their LV= County Championship Division Two match at Emirates Old Trafford.
Kent added 28 to their overnight score before being dismissed for 244 in their first innings.
Lancashire then found life equally tough in reply, finishing on 43 for two from 34 overs as Mark Davies, Matt Coles, Darren Stevens and Charlie Shreck all caused problems.
It took just 25 balls for Lancashire to wrap up the Kent innings this morning.
Resuming on 216 for eight, and with the floodlights on because of poor light, the visitors lost Davies to the fourth ball of the day as his off stump was uprooted by James Anderson.
In a rare show of aggression, Shreck launched a delivery from Simon Kerrigan straight back over the spinner's head for six, while Anderson twice gave away four byes with short balls which sailed above wicketkeeper Gareth Cross.
Yet the England bowler ended James Tredwell’s innings on 40 with a beauty that knocked over the Kent captain’s middle stump as Lancashire claimed maximum bowling points to their opponents’ solitary batting point.
The wicket of Tredwell meant Anderson, who took 19 overs to register his first wicket on day one, had claimed the final four Kent wickets in seven overs to finish with 4-57.
Red Rose openers Paul Horton and Luke Procter found runs hard to come by, however, and the first boundary of Lancashire’s first innings did not come until the 12th over.
After a short rain break, Tredwell pulled off an impressive catch at second slip off Stevens to send Procter back for nine.
Horton and Karl Brown saw Lancashire safely to lunch at 22 for one, before rain wiped out the whole of the afternoon session.
When play resumed with 55 overs lost, Lancashire found it difficult to accelerate as Kent’s seamers found regular movement
With six overs left in the day, all Horton’s hard work in seeing off the new ball went to waste as he shouldered arms at Coles to be bowled, ending a 92-ball innings of 15.
Anderson came in as nightwatchman and slashed Coles for four before stumps were drawn.