Nash makes his mark
Brendan Nash struck his maiden LV= County Championship century to put Kent firmly in command of their Division Two clash with Yorkshire at Canterbury.
The diminutive left-hander was unbeaten on 114 at stumps on day two with his side sitting pretty; they were 316 for six, 69 runs in front.
Nash, the only player in the match to reach 50, featured in stands of 77 with Geraint Jones and an unbroken 81 alongside James Tredwell, who was 28 not out.
Resuming on four without loss after just one over, Kent set about laying solid foundations through their makeshift opening pair of Sam Northeast and Scott Newman.
Newman, on loan for a month from Middlesex, proved the aggressor by contributing 31 to their partnership of 35, allowing Northeast, a late replacement in the match for injured skipper Rob Key, to drop anchor.
Newman was undone 15 overs into the second day when he fenced away from the body to be caught behind off Ajmal Shahzad.
Northeast went soon after lunch and was almost walking before umpire Trevor Jesty raised his finger in response to Shahzad’s leg-before appeal.
Ben Harmison reached a stoical 43 before he too went lbw, working across the line of an in-ducker from Steven Patterson.
Winter recruit and former Glamorgan stalwart Michael Powell made only three before he followed one from Ryan Sidebottom and edged to Tim Bresnan at second slip.
Bresnan then grabbed the ball to inflict further damage by snaring Darren Stevens leg before for eight.
But Nash, the Queensland-raised left-hander who played for West Indies due to his Jamaican roots, teamed up with Jones to play a match-defining innings; his 10th first-class century came off 156 balls and included 14 fours.
The sixth-wicket partners added 77 in 16 overs at a much-improved run-rate of 4.81 an over.
Jones, having looked untroubled in scoring a fluent 47 from 49 balls, went for one shot too many, edging Sidebottom to slip.
Nash and Tredwell, though, dug in for the final hour to lead the hosts to a third batting bonus point and decent lead, which they will look to build upon tomorrow.