County Championship: Daniel Bell-Drummond's Ton leads Kent versus Lancashire


Tom Bailey is congratulated as he claims English batsman Zak Crawley's wicket with the first ball of the day

LV = County Championship Group Three, The Spitfire Ground, St. Lawrence, Canterbury (day three)
Lancashire 525: Lamm 125, Wood 119, Bohannon 87; Stevens 2-44
Kent 169 & 209-1: Bell-Drummond 108 *, Cox 80
Kent (2 points) follows Lancashire (6 points) with 147 runs

Daniel Bell-Drummond led the battle against Kent with a much-needed undefeated century after Lancashire signed his side in Canterbury.

After Bell-Drummond (108 not eliminated) and Jordan Cox (80) were eliminated for 169, a first innings deficit of 356, they put on 176 for the first wicket.

They finished on 209-1 and it took 147 more runs to get Lancashire to the beating again.

Previously they had lost the English batsman Zak Crawley (60) to the first ball of the day after a resumption of 85: 4.

Heino Kuhn and Ollie Robinson resisted with 21 runs each before Tom Bailey (4-46) removed Robinson and Fred Klaassen in successive deliveries.

Miguel Cummins shattered rapid fire 19 before falling on Josh Bohannon as Kent could only add 84 runs to his night standings before he was kicked out.

After follow-up was enforced, Bell-Drummond and Cox did an excellent job of doing their daunting task.

Cox lasted until the 51st when he was fired by a clever Rob Jones who intercepted Matt Parkinson's bowling.

And that would be the only breakthrough for Lancashire as Bell-Drummond and Crawley (13 not eliminated) were sure to stump their side.

Kent Captain Daniel Bell-Drummond:

"Obviously we were in a very difficult situation, so I just wanted to lead from the front and get the guys off to a good start with Jordan and take them step by step.

"The four wickets on Friday night hurt us and we couldn't get started this morning. We all hold our hands up, we weren't good enough, especially me in the first innings.

"I don't think the field has changed that much, a few balls misbehaved a bit but it's still a very flat wicket for the most part. There was a bit of spin for Parkinson's. He's a good bowler, though I support the guys that we can get a draw. "

Luke Wells from Lancashire:

"It's been a fantastic game for us so far. Friday was an incredible day for us and this morning exceeded expectations to take those wickets.

"Getting Crawley this early was a real bonus. We were ready to give it a try on our wickets and that was the case after that first meeting.

"We're still good at the game. We need nine wickets and we support each other. Hopefully we can get a few early and we have 13 overs to the new ball so it's still in our favor."


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