Tame draw at Canterbury
Kent bat out final two rain-affected sessions to secure draw
Last Updated: 27/05/11 9:24pm
Key: second-highest score of the season with 59
Kent batted out the final two rain-affected sessions as their second division clash with Derbyshire at Canterbury petered out into a largely forgettable draw.
The hosts finished with nine points to the visitors' 11 after Derbyshire opted to extend their overall lead to 364 before declaring on 256-4 shortly after lunch.
Having been set an improbable victory target of 365 from a minimum 58 overs - an asking rate of 6.29 an over - Kent took things steady and had reached 94-2 by the time the captains shook hands on a draw at 5pm.
Skipper Rob Key anchored the innings with an unbeaten 59 from 78 balls, while Martin van Jaarsveld benefitted from a 38-minute net in the middle for an unbeaten 12 - Joe Denly (duck) and Sam Northeast were the only Kent wickets to fall.
Earlier in the day, Derbyshire's first innings centurions were back in tandem and made 36 and 71 respectively.
Dan Redfern and Wes Durston then featured in a fourth-wicket stand of 93 in 21.1 overs, each going on to score a 50. Luke Sutton chose to declare just after Durston had reached his half-century.
Kent avoided the follow-on against Derbyshire, but still found themselves 193 behind their opponents at stumps on day three.
Resuming on 198-4 and chasing 311 to avoid batting again, Kent eventually passed their total with something to spare following a series of lower order contributions.
Tim Groenewald took the early wickets of Neil Saker and Darren Stevens to reduce Kent to 230-6, but a half-century from Geraint Jones (59) steadied the ship for the hosts.
The wicketkeeper would become the second of Jonathan Clare's three victims, but James Tredwell (34), Azhar Mahmood (21), Matt Coles (24) and Ashley Shaw (22 not out) ensured Kent reached 352 all out - Groenewald finished with 4-64.
Derbyshire made solid if rather slow progress in their second innings, with Wayne Madsen (43 not out) and Usman Khawaja (32 not out) at the crease when stumps were drawn with the visitors 85-1.
Chesney Hughes was the only Derbyshire wicket to fall as he was removed by Shaw for just eight, offering a catch to Azhar Mahmood.
An innings of 95 from Martin van Jaarsveld and a half-century by Sam Northeast improved Kent's chances of avoiding the follow-on in their County Championship match against Derbyshire.
Responding to Derbyshire's impressive 460 all out - their best total of the season - Kent reached 198-4 on day two as they strive for 311 in order to make the visitors bat again.
After a poor start in which Joe Denly (5) and captain Rob Key soon perished, Kent recovered with van Jaarsveld playing the lead role in third and fourth-wicket stands respectively worth 96 and 65.
Northeast joined him for 27 overs and hit a 108-ball fifty while Van Jaarsveld looked nailed on for his first century of the summer before he also departed - a back-foot force off Greg Smith finding Tim Groenewald with a stunning low catch.
Earlier, Kent enjoyed a much better spell in the field than they had on day one by taking the last seven Derbyshire wickets in just over a session.
Left-arm seamer Ashley Shaw took three early wickets in the space of five balls on his championship debut and eventually finished with figures of 5-118 as the home side wrapped up the innings soon after lunch.
Wayne Madsen and Usman Khawaja hit centuries as Derbyshire piled up 370-3 on day one against Kent at Canterbury.
The visitors opted to bat first at the St Lawrence Ground and openers Madsen and Chesney Hughes set a positive tone during a stand of 96.
Hughes was dismissed by off-spinner James Tredwell (1-79) for 57 shortly before lunch but it was a rare moment of success for the home attack.
Madsen completed his second hundred of the season from 187 balls and Australian Khawaja soon followed to the landmark from 141 deliveries.
The second-wicket pair's stand was worth 231 when Madsen was trapped lbw by seamer Azhar Mahmood (1-52) for 140 well into the evening session.
Khawaja also departed late in the day, caught by Martin van Jaarsveld off left-arm paceman Ashley Shaw's bowling (1-88) for 135 - his first ton for the county in what is the final game of his stint as overseas player.