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Day 4 of 4
Match Drawn

Leics vs Kent

LV= County Championship: Robert Key century lights up drab draw

Robert Key: scored an unbeaten 104

Brendan Nash: added 62 to his earlier 50

Robert Key scored a century as Kent's Division Two game against Leicestershire at Grace Road drifted to a draw after the home side were dismissed for 495 in their first innings an hour before lunch on the last day.

That gave Leicestershire a lead of 89 runs, but with so little time left in the match there was no way for either side to fashion a positive outcome, and they had to settle for nine points each.

But it did enable Kent's top order batsmen to gain some more valuable time in the middle in their first LV= County Championship game of the season, and when the teams shook hands on the draw, the visitors had reached 213-2.

Key made up for missing out on a half-century in the first innings by scoring an unbeaten 104 while Brendan Nash added 62 to his earlier 50, confirming just how good the pitch had been for batting throughout the four days.

In total 1,114 runs were scored for the loss of 22 wickets in the match.

Leicestershire, who were 452-7 overnight, decided to bat on, and added another 43 runs in just under an hour. Shiv Thakor, resuming on 105, was out for 114, skying a catch to deep mid-wicket off Mark Davies.

A brisk unbeaten 24 by Ollie Freckingham accelerated the scoring rate and Matthew Hoggard was last man out for four.

Match Details

17th - 20th Apr 2013
Leicestershire won the toss and elected to bowl.
Grace Road, Leicester
R K Illingworth and R T Robinson


Batsman R
Northeast c O'Brien b S.J. Thakor 32
Key not out 104
Nash c J.J. Cobb b Naik 62
Powell not out 2
Extras 8nb, 5lb 13
Total Declared, 62.1 Overs 213 - 2
Full Batting Card


Bowler O M R W
O.H. Freckingham 10 0 36 0
Williams 11 2 30 0
Naik 24 1 70 1
S.J. Thakor 10 1 36 1
J.J. Cobb 4 1 15 0
M.A. Thornely 3 0 21 0
Eckersley 0.1 0 0 0
Full Bowling Card