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County Championship: Kent declare 134 behind against Hampshire

Liam Dawson: Hampshire batsman 35 not out at the close

Ben Harmison: top scored with 63 in Kent's first innings

Kent's stand-in captain Geraint Jones breathed new life into the third day of his team's County Championship clash with Hampshire at the Ageas Bowl with a challenging declaration after the follow-on had been saved.

Hampshire ended the day on 98-3 in their second innings, a lead of 232 after Jones had declared 134 behind in a bid to end his team's winless start to the season.

The whole of the first session was washed out by heavy rain but play resumed after the lunch break with Kent on 149-4, still needing 157 to avoid following on.

Their plight worsened seven runs later when Brendan Nash edged an outswinger from James Tomlinson into the slips where the reliable Liam Dawson pouched the opportunity.

But that brought Darren Stevens to the crease and in a belligerent stand of 102 in 20 overs with Ben Harmison, potential embarrassment was averted comfortably.

Stevens lifted Tomlinson for six while taking 14 from the over and Kent had no problems until at 258, Stevens played across the line to the fourth ball of James Vince's first over.

Stevens had made 60 and Kent were well on their way to safety even though Harmison departed five runs short of the target, driving David Balcombe to Danny Briggs at square cover.


Harmison hit a six off Liam Dawson and nine fours from 121 balls during his innings of 63 and at 321-7, Jones called a halt to the Kent innings.

Hampshire, not much better off with only one win in six matches, made a poor start to their second innings, losing James Adams and Michael Carberry with only 12 on the board.

Adams went in the second over, caught behind by Jones off Matt Coles for his third duck in four innings and Charlie Shreck had Carberry leg before in the third.

First innings century-maker Neil McKenzie carried on where he left off with six fours in his quick-fire 27 before chopping a delivery from Coles into his stumps.

That made Hampshire 53-3 but Dawson (35no) and Vince (23no) saw their team through to stumps with an unbroken stand of 45 to set up the prospect of an intriguing last day.

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