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Day 4 of 4
Match Drawn

Sussex vs Kent

Kent keep Sussex at bay

Stand-in skipper sees visitors to safety on final day at Hove

Van Jaarsveld: Solid innings for Kent

LV County Championship - Division One
Hove - Day Four
Sussex 303 (M J Prior 105, Yasir Arafat 4-88) & 237 (M J Prior 59, L J Wright 58, Azhar Mahmood 5-30) v Kent 204 (G O Jones 51 no, Mushtaq Ahmed 5-83) & 193-3 (M van Jaarsveld 82 no, J C Tredwell 53)
Sussex (10pts) drew with Kent (8pts)

Kent ended a two-match losing run by batting out for a draw against reigning Division One champions Sussex at Hove.

The visitors were set a victory target of 337 but settled for safety, reaching 193-3 when the two captains decided to end play early.

After a crushing loss to Nottinghamshire and a one-day defeat to Essex last Sunday, Kent will be happy to take eight points back home.

Acting captain Martin van Jaarsveld, standing in for the ill Rob Key, hit an unbeaten 82, putting on 93 for the second wicket with James Tredwell.

The makeshift opener batted for over three hours to make 53 before falling to left-arm spinner Michael Yardy.

Mushtaq Ahmed claimed the only other wickets to fall in the innings, finishing with seven in the contest to take his tally to 71 in 10 matches against Kent.

The Pakistan leg spinner trapped Joe Denly lbw for 24 and then got the better of compatriot Yasir Arafat for the second time in the match.

Robin Martin-Jenkins had earlier managed a quick-fire 39 after Sussex, who have now drawn their first two four-day matches, had resumed their second innings on 179-7.

Azhar Mahmood ended the all-rounder's innings on his way to finishing with figures of 5-30, the home side losing their last three wickets for just three runs in the space of 10 balls to be bowled out for 237.

Day Three

Sussex reached 179-7 in their second innings and lead by a total of 278 heading into the final day against Kent at Hove.

Geraint Jones struck an unbeaten 51 to allow Kent to extend their first innings from 65-6 at the start of the third day to 204 all out.

Jones shared a 10th-wicket partnership of 82 with Yasir Arafat (46) but Kent still conceded a first-innings deficit of 99. Sussex leg-spinner Mushtaq Ahmed took three of the final four wickets to finish with 5-83.

Kent's seam attack then reduced Sussex to 54-5 in their second innings before Matt Prior (59) - fresh from his first-innings century - and Luke Wright (58) put on 115 for the sixth wicket.

Both fell late in the day after notching half-centuries, however, the defending champions still look well placed to push home their advantage on the final day.

Day Two

Matt Prior completed a century as Sussex took control of their County Championship match against Kent at Hove.

Prior had rescued the home side from a poor start by reaching 57 not out at the end of the first day's play and they resumed on 213-7 on the second morning.

They added another 80 runs, with 48 of them for former England wicketkeeper Prior (105) as he reached his 15th first-class hundred.

He added 76 for the eighth wicket with Rageb Aga (26) before he was eventually removed by Azhar Mahmood. Kent's Yasir Arafat finished with 4-88.

Kent made a disastrous start to their reply as they reached 65-6, having been 5-2 and 20-3.

Opener James Tredwell remains unbeaten on 25, while there were two wickets apiece for Robin Martin-Jenkins and Mushtaq Ahmed.

Day One

Matt Prior's unbeaten 57 allowed Sussex to reach 213-7 on the first day against Kent at Hove.

Prior, discarded by the England selectors following the pre-Christmas tour of Sri Lanka, showed his worth with a battling 125-ball innings.

Kent opted to bowl after winning the toss and it looked a good decision when Robbie Joseph (2-34) and Yasir Arafat claimed two wickets apiece to help reduce Sussex to 107-5.

But Prior shared 84-run stand with Luke Wright to get the defending champions back in the contest.

The impressive Arafat finished with figures of 4-68 after returning late in the day to remove Wright (23) and Robin Martin-Jenkins (2).

Match Details

23rd Apr 2008
Eaton Road, Hove
I J Gould and J W Lloyds