Horton makes the best of a bad job

Leicestershire 129 for 2 (Horton 48) v Kent

Rain continued to blight the Specsavers county championship match between Leicestershire and Kent.

Only 47.3 overs were possible on the second day at the Fischer County Ground, after the first day was entirely washed out.

Paul Horton and Harry Dearden compiled an opening partnership of 58 for the Foxes before the experienced Horton, who had hit nine boundaries in going to 48, was given leg before on the front foot to a Darren Stevens which seamed back in to the right-hander.

Dearden, who took 26 overs to reach double figures, was beginning to bat with much more fluency when the 20-year-old left-hander drove loosely at Matt Coles coming in around the wicket, and was bowled through the gate.

He and Colin Ackermann had added 55 for the second wicket, however, and having been dropped by wicket-keeper Adam Rouse diving to his right on 9 off Coles, Ackermann had moved on to 31 when the rain returned.

After sterling work by the groundstaff, the players did return to the field at 5.45pm, and in the 4.3 overs that were possible before the weather closed in for the final time, Ackermann was again dropped by Rouse, this time off Matt Hunn, a waist-high chance diving in front of Matt Coles at first slip.