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Northants avoid follow-on and match dies

Kent 701 for 7 dec (Dickson 318, Denly 182) and 184 for 3 drew with Northamptonshire 568 (Holden 153, Rossington 112, Duckett 105, Yasir 4-165, Hunn 3-90)
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Kent and Northamptonshire played out a dull, high-scoring draw at Beckenham after Josh Cobb and the Northants lower order comfortably made the 24 more runs they required to avoid the follow-on early on the final day.

Northants, resuming on 528 for 7 in reply to Kent's mammoth 701 for 7 declared, were eventually bowled out for 568. Kent then replied with 184 for 3 in sizzling temperatures, and in front of a sparse crowd, and they took 11 points from this Specsavers County Championship Division Two match and Northants 9.

Daniel Bell-Drummond played on to Ben Sanderson on 5, but Sean Dickson made 60 in a second wicket stand of 101 with Joe Denly, who went on to 78 not out before hands were shaken at 4.50pm. Denly, who made 182 in Kent's first innings, now has more than 900 championship runs this season, at an average above 60, with three hundreds and four more scores above fifty.

Dickson, the first innings triple-centurion, skied Max Holden's off spin to cover after totalling 378 runs in the match, while Denly took his match run aggregate to 260 as Kent captain Sam Northeast kept him leisurely company against an assortment of Northants' slow bowling - which included the offerings of wicketkeeper Adam Rossington, with skipper Alex Wakely deputising behind the stumps.

As the game meandered to its conclusion, indeed, it was a moot point as to whether what was on show could be deemed first-class cricket. Perhaps the championship regulations should allow the umpires to call matches off early, but to their credit Kent's batsmen did not try to smash the gentle bowling to all parts - merely walking singles into the deep field amid the odd boundary.

Northeast, in fact, gifted Ben Duckett his maiden first-class wicket when he skied an attempted big hit at a full toss to cover, on 27. Adam Rouse finished 8 not out.

At the start of the day Northants did not lose another wicket until the follow on target of 552 had been passed, with Cobb off driving Pakistan leg spinner Yasir Shah for four to take his side beyond that score.

Graeme White, on 11, then skied Shah to mid on before both Nathan Buck and No 11 Sanderson fell cheaply to leave Cobb 34 not out. Buck was leg-before to Shah, as he shaped to play to leg off the back foot, and Sanderson slogged James Tredwell's off spin to mid on to go for a duck.

Northants' 568 was a record total in first-class cricket against Kent, beating the previous best of 561 for 8 declared at Canterbury in 1995.

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Kent 3rd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st7DJ Bell-DrummondSR Dickson
2nd101JL DenlySR Dickson
3rd59JL DenlySA Northeast
4th17JL DenlyAP Rouse