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Day 4 of 4
Match Drawn

Kent vs Sussex

Sussex claim Kent draw

Sussex bat out most of final day for expected stalemate

Hopkinson: Steered Sussex

LV County Championship - Division One
Canterbury - Day Four
Kent 350-8 dec (J M Kemp 102, J C Tredwell 68, R G Aga 4-63)& 14-1 v Sussex 300-8 dec (C D Hopkinson 69, M W Goodwin 50)
Kent (10pts) drew with Sussex (9pts)

Kent's rain-shortened match with Sussex fizzled out into an unsurprising draw at Canterbury after the visitors managed to bat out most of the day.

Resuming on 57-1 on the final day Sussex just needed to avoid a huge batting collapse to secure the draw, and they were relatively untroubled as they declared on 300-8.

Kent took to the field again and made 14-1 before the draw was confirmed.

Michael Yardy made 42 but when he went lbw to Robert Joseph there was a bit of a wobble from Sussex as they then slipped to 136-5 when Matt Prior was out for one.

Murray Goodwin and Carl Hopkinson steadied the ship though as they added 105 for the sixth wicket and when they were eventually out for 50 and 69 respectively the draw was in the bag.

Joseph and Ryan McLaren tried their best as they both took three wickets but the weather had always meant that a result was unlikely.

Day Three

Justin Kemp's century allowed Kent to reach 350-8 before declaring in their rain-affected fixture against Sussex at Canterbury.

Kemp blasted 102 from 156 balls and shared a 167-run, fifth-wicket stand with James Tredwell, whose contribution was 68.

After Robert Key declared his side's innings during the evening session, Sussex reached 57-1 in reply.

Chris Nash was the man to depart, caught behind for 25 off Ryan McLaren's bowling.

With only 23 overs having been possible on the opening two days due to rain, a draw look inevitable unless the respective skippers collude to set-up a final-day run chase for Sussex.

Day two

Just 23 overs were possible at Canterbury a day after play was wiped out through rain.

Play began at 4pm but less than five overs had been sent down before showers returned to force the players off.

But when play resumed, Rob Key and Joe Denly hit three boundaries apiece despite the wet outfield but they went off again through bad light with 47 on the board.

When they came back half an hour later, Luke Wright trapped Denly lbw for 21 but Key survived until Sunday as play was called off for the day soon afterwards.

Day one

The opening day of the Division One clash between Kent and Sussex was washed out without a ball being bowled.

Play was called off at 3pm after steady drizzle almost throughout the morning left the already damp outfield saturated.

Kent are no strangers to damp days at Canterbury after their Friends Provident Trophy quarter-final against Somerset was postponed on Wednesday.

The two teams decided to move the game for the following day to Beckenham, where Kent prevailed to reach the last four of the one-day competition.

Match Details

Date
6th - 7th Jun 2008
Toss
Venue
St Lawrence Ground, Canterbury
Umpires
R K Illingworth and N A Mallender