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Nash to the fore at Grace Road

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Brendan Nash hit his third LV= County Championship century of the season to steer Kent into a strong position at the end of day one in their Division Two game against Leicestershire at Grace Road.

Asked to bat, Kent slumped to 188 for five after a good start, yet Nash led them to 322 for six at stumps with an unbeaten 108.

The West Indies left-hander shared a sixth-wicket stand of 134 with Geraint Jones, who was out for 52 to the last ball of the day.

There were also half-centuries for openers Sam Northeast and Rob Key, while left-arm seamer Rob Taylor claimed a career-best 4-77.

Despite the green pitch, Leicestershire’s seamers had little joy in the first two hours as Kent cruised through to the lunch break.

There was little sign of encouragement for the bowlers, and a couple of missed chances in the slips did not help, Northeast profiting on both occasions.

Brendan Nash

Brendan Nash struck an imperious century to steer Kent into a promising position against struggling Leicestershire at Grace Road

He was dropped on nine by Will Jones off Alex Wyatt and escaped again 11 runs later when another edge off Wayne White went at catchable height between first and second slip.

But the Kent openers took control, with some crisp shots producing a flurry of boundaries, and Northeast brought up a century stand as well as his own fifty in the 27th over having hit seven fours.

Key reached his half-century off 80 balls, clipping Matthew Hoggard through midwicket for his sixth boundary. But with the partnership worth 110, Northeast flicked at a Wyatt delivery wide of the leg stump and was caught behind.

The breakthrough gave Leicestershire a lift and they responded by claiming four wickets for 53 runs in an 18-over spell, of which Taylor snared three.

He had Key lbw for 68 trying to play through leg, and then picked up two wickets in three balls 10 overs later.

Alex Blake edged a lifting delivery to wicketkeeper Ned Eckersley and Michael Powell was yorked by the second ball he faced.

Kent were 158 for four at that stage and, 30 runs later, the fifth wicket fell, Darren Stevens edging a Wyatt delivery to second slip.

But Kent regained the initiative, with Nash and Jones sharing a century stand.

Nash started steadily, reaching 50 off 97 balls, but then accelerated with the help of a six off Taylor and five more fours to bring up both the 100 partnership and his own century, off 142 balls.

Jones reached his half-century off 93, but was caught behind off the last ball of the day from Taylor.

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