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Match Drawn

Kent vs Hants

Pothas keeps Kent at bay

Pothas plunders first ton of LV County Championship season

Pothas: Unbeaten century

LV County Championship - Division One
Canterbury - Day Four
Hampshire 367 (M A Carberry 92, N Pothas 73 no, M J Lumb 73, Yasir Arafat 6-86) & 311-7 dec (N Pothas 105 no, S M Ervine 66, C T Tremlett 56) v Kent 369 (J L Denly 89, Azhar Mahmood 73, R W T Key 67, Imran Tahir 5-96, J A Tomlinson 4-64)
Kent (11pts) drew with Hampshire (11pts)

Kent and Hampshire had to settle for 11 points apiece after rain meant only 49 overs were possible on the final day of their Division One clash at Canterbury.

The visitors, struggling at the foot of the table, were on 311-7 in their second innings when the two captains decided to halt proceedings with neither side having a chance of victory.

Nic Pothas had shone in between the showers with a sparking unbeaten hundred, his firs of the LV County Championship season. He faced 219 balls and 10 fours and a six in an innings which lasted four-and-a-quarter hours.

Resuming in the morning on 185-6, the wicketkeeper-batsman extended his overnight stand with Chris Tremlett to 122 before Kent finally picked up a wicket.

It was Tremlett that went after reaching his second half-century in four-day action this season, Martin van Jaarsveld getting the England international caught at mid-wicket for 56.

Bad weather then stopped play for three hours and four minutes at the fall of that wicket before Pothas got back on to reach three figures to follow on from his first-innings knock of 73 not out.

Day Three

Azhar Mahmood starred with bat and ball to ignite Kent's victory hopes against Hampshire in LV County Championship Division One.

The Pakistan all-rounder's haul of 3-24 helped reduce Hampshire to 185-6 in their second innings, a lead of 183.

Nic Pothas stood firm with 52 not out to ensure the match enters the final day with both sides harbouring ambitions of forcing a win.

Earlier, Kent extended their first innings from 241-3 to 369 all out, mainly thanks to Mahmood's 73 from 81 balls at number eight.

Hampshire leg-spinner Imran Tahir (5-96) and seam bowler James Tomlinson (4-64) finished with nine wickets between them.

Day two

Kent reached 241-3 in reply to Hampshire first innings of 367 on the second day at Canterbury.

Opening pair Robert Key and Joe Denly put on 110 to lay the foundation for the hosts' solid response.

Key showcased an impressive range of strokes during a 44-ball half-century, although he survived an edge to third slip when on 33, and Denly also rode his luck, offering chances in successive overs when on 24.

Chris Tremlett made the breakthrough for Hampshire in his second spell by inducing an edge behind off Key (67).

Denly went on to reach his half century from 93 balls when he lifted Dimitri Mascarenhas to mid-off for his 10th boundary and was granted another life on 63 the chance for a return catch was not accepted by Imran Tahir.

Kent lost number three Neil Dexter on 36 to Tahir (2-42) and the leg-spinner followed up in his next over by bowling Denly for 89.

But fourth-wicket pair Martin van Jaarsveld and James Tredwell saw Kent to the close - which came eight overs early due to rain - without further loss, although they remain 126 runs behind.

Earlier, incisive spells from Yasir Arafat and Azhar Mahmood brought the Hampshire first innings to an end after a little over an hour's play.

Having resumed on 312-5, Hampshire crashed to 367 all out with Arafat adding three more wickets to the three he took on day one.

He accounted for Dimitri Mascarenhas, David Balcombe and James Tomlinson to for figures of 6-86.

Nic Pothas played a lone hand for Hampshire to finish unbeaten on 73.

Day one

Michael Carberry's 92 helped Hampshire reach 312-5 on the opening day of their LV County Championship Division One fixture against Kent at Canterbury.

Carberry, who had an unsuccessful stint with Kent earlier in his much-travelled career, guided the visitors out of a spot of early trouble and into a position of strength by the close.

After Hampshire opted to bat first, they were reduced to 20-2 by Yasir Arafat (3-59), who removed Michael Brown (6) and Sean Ervine (0) during his opening spell.

But Carberry and Michael Lumb (73) repaired the innings during a third-wicket stand of 181.

And although both fell to Ryan McLaren (2-34) within sight of centuries, Chris Benham (49) and Nic Pothas (47no) continued to pile up the runs late in the day.

Match Details

30th Jul 2008
St Lawrence Ground, Canterbury
A A Jones and N J Llong


Batsman R
Carberry c Mahmood 0
Brown b Mahmood 0
Ervine c Dexter b Tredwell 66
Lumb lbw b Mahmood 4
Benham c Van Jaarsveld b McLaren 10
Pothas not out 105
Mascarenhas lbw b Arafat 14
Tremlett c McLaren b Van Jaarsveld 56
Balcombe not out 17
Extras 14nb, 2w, 10b, 13lb 39
Total 93.0 Overs 311 - 7
Full Batting Card


Bowler O M R W
Arafat 15 2 63 1
Mahmood 17 4 38 3
McLaren 9 2 32 1
Joseph 7 2 17 0
Tredwell 21 2 75 1
Van Jaarsveld 14 1 34 1
Denly 6 2 18 0
Dexter 2 0 9 0
Key 2 1 2 0
Full Bowling Card