Nash leads Kent to safety

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An unbeaten century from Brendan Nash ensured Kent secured a draw on the final day of their LV= County Championship Division Two match with Lancashire at Emirates Old Trafford.

Leading by 151 on first innings, Lancashire smelt blood when they had the visitors 36 for two in their second innings with 62 overs left in the game and James Anderson regularly beating the bat.

But Mike Powell and former West Indies Test batsman Nash, who finished on exactly 100, steadied the ship with an unbroken 142-run partnership to give Kent, who have not won at Old Trafford in the championship since 1997, a draw.

The visitors ultimately reached 178 for two, with the players shaking hands immediately after Nash completed his century.

A hectic first over of the day saw Lancashire's Steven Croft reach his half-century off the second ball, Simon Katich miss out on a century as he was dismissed without adding to his overnight 93 off the first delivery he faced and Gareth Cross follow for a duck next ball.

Matt Coles claimed the wickets as a short ball was top-edged by Katich through to Geraint Jones, then a fuller delivery trapped Gareth Cross lbw.

Lancashire skipper Glen Chapple fended off the hat-trick delivery and both he and Croft, who made an unbeaten 64, duly upped the run-rate in a bid to give the Red Rose a big enough lead to put pressure on the Kent batsmen.

In the end they declared on 395 for seven during a rain break, leaving a minimum of 79 overs to try and force what would have been their first win of the season.

Kyle Hogg and Anderson caused Kent openers Robert Key and Sam Northeast plenty of problems with the new ball, with England bowler Anderson unlucky not to make the breakthrough.

He conceded just one run in his first spell of six overs, yet it was England Lions spinner Simon Kerrigan who struck first as he bowled Northeast for 11 in the 17th over.

Key followed soon after as he edged a Chapple delivery to wicketkeeper Cross on 19, although he looked far from happy with the decision.

Nash, however, continued the good form which has now seen him score three fifties and one century in his four innings this season to leave Lancashire with eight points from the game and Kent five.

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