LV County Championship - Division Two
Canterbury - Day Four
Northamptonshire 355 (N Boje 98, Azhar Mahmood 4-73)
& 348-7 dec (S D Peters 107, N Boje 70 no, R A White 70) v Kent 417 (M van Jaarsveld 107, G O Jones 103, D I Stevens 73)
Kent (12pts) drew with Northamptonshire (11pts)
Skipper Nicky Boje and Stephen Peters made sure Northants batted out the final day at Canterbury to secure a draw against Kent.
All-rounder Boje made an unbeaten 70 in 250 minutes as the visitors lost just five wickets before the two captains decided to shake hands early.
Having hit 98 in the first innings, the former South Africa international finished up having batted for over 10 hours in total in the Division Two fixture.
Opener Peters also helped Northants survive comfortably with an excellent century having resumed in the morning on 62 not out.
The former Essex and Worcestershire batsman eventually fell for 107 when he was caught by Rob Key at short mid-wicket off the bowling of off-spinner James Tredwell.
Key himself decided to turn his arm over in the hope of forcing a positive result, his nine overs of leg spin seeing him claim a maiden first-class wicket when David Willey played on for 47.
Martin van Jaarsveld scored a century as Kent established a 62-run first innings lead on day three at Canterbury.
The former South African international was one of two centurions for the hosts after wicketkeeper Geraint Jones reached three figures on day two.
Darren Stevens contributed 73 before Kent were bowled out for 417, Monty Panesar picking up 2-75 from his 22 overs and Andrew Hall finishing with figures of 3-89.
Northants lost Ben Howgego for five at the start of the second innings before Steven Peters and Rob White shared a stand of 134.
White fell for 70 shortly before the close, leaving opener Peters still unbeaten on 62, with Northants holding an 86-run advantage and having eight wickets still intact.
Geraint Jones' eighth first-class hundred allowed Kent to reach 257-3 in reply to Northamptonshire's first-innings effort of 355 by stumps on day two at Canterbury.
The former England wicketkeeper, batting at number three, blasted 16 fours and six before hitting a return catch to David Wigley (1-44) to depart for 103 off just 111 balls.
That left Kent, who had lost openers Robert Key (2) and Joe Denly (27) early, on 179-3 but Martin van Jaarsveld (70no) and Darren Stevens (46no) built on Jones' good work to see the hosts through to stumps without further loss.
Earlier, Northamptonshire had extended their first innings from an overnight position of 268-5 to 355 all out.
Skipper Nicky Boje fell two short of a century, edging a delivery from off-spinner James Tredwell (2-84) behind, to be eighth man out.
Skipper Nicky Boje led from the front with an unbeaten 77 as Northamptonshire finished the opening day on 268-5.
The former South Africa all-rounder hit five fours and a six after the visitors were asked to bat first in the Division Two clash at Canterbury.
The decision was a brave one by home skipper Rob Key considering Kent were without overseas signing Stuart Clark.
They were also missing the services of injured trio Sim Cook, Amjad Khan and Robbie Joseph, meaning a debut for local lad Phil Edwards.
Another new face, loan signing Steffan Jones, was handed the new ball, the recruit from Somerset picking up the wicket of Stephen Peters for 32.
Azhar Mahmood struck twice in the day, getting the opening breakthrough by removing Ben Howgego for 18 before returning in the second session to trap Rob White (41 off 73 balls) leg before.
Riki Wessels (27) nicked a Martin Saggers away-swinger to leave Northants on 161-4 and having contributed 38 in a 72-run stand with his captain, Andrew Hall departed lbw to the medium pace of Darren Stevens.
However, the hosts could not find a way to remove Boje, who eased his way to his first half-century of the new campaign.