Yorkshire had to settle for a draw against Kent


Yorkshire lost the chance of winning when poor light prevented the end of their clash against the LV= Insurance County Championship kent at Headingley.

Referees Graham Lloyd and Steve O’Shaughnessy stopped play with Yorkshire hoping to beat 114 in the last 21 overs.

Kent trio Ben Compton (93), Grant Stewart (90) and Olli Robinson (85 not out) had held up Yorkshire, whose 571 had given them a 280-run lead after the first innings.

The visitors appeared to be in safe waters in their second innings at 384 for six.

But Yorkshire captain Steven Patterson, with three casualties, inspired a burst of four wickets for nine runs in 24 balls.

However, Yorkshire had to settle for 16 points to Kent’s 11.

Essex held on to a draw against Northamptonshire as Paul Walter agonizingly fell short of a first-class first century.

Walter made 93 balls from 246 as the visitors failed to push home a 197-run advantage after the first innings.

Matt Critchley (47) and Adam Wheater continued Walter’s good work, with the latter using 174 balls of the day’s allotment and scoring just 33 runs.

Off-spinners Rob Keogh (four for 51) and Tom Taylor (three for 62) had threatened to give Northamptonshire the win that forced the connection at lunchtime on day three.

But Essex survived, reaching 328 for nine and collecting 10 points while Northamptonshire collected 13.

Rain prevented play on the final day of the Hampshire v Lancashire and Gloucestershire v Surrey games.

Lancashire had needed 342 more runs in the Ageas Bowl and Hampshire needed 10 wickets in a difficult contest.

Both sides took 12 points, while Gloucestershire took 15 and Surrey 11 from their competition in Bristol.

Chris Dent was unbeaten at 207 with Gloucestershire reaching 443 for two in response to Surrey’s mammoth 603.

In Division Two, Glamorgan almost pulled off a thrilling chase against Derbyshire before settling for a draw.

Set 331 in 55 overs, Marnus Labuschagne’s 85 from 87 balls and Sam Northeast’s 81 from 101 put Glamorgan on course for victory.

Ryan Sidebottom then boosted Derbyshire’s winning hopes four to 50 and Glamorgan finished 308 to eight.

Brooke Guest had previously scored 138 goals, tying a 126-year-old record when he became just the second Derbyshire wicketkeeper to score two hundreds in a match.

Wayne Madsen also had 135 unbeaten and shared a third-wicket tally of 276 in 67 overs with Guest before Derbyshire declared three on 349.

The Hove contest between Sussex and Durham ended in a predictable draw.

Opening batsmen Sean Dickson and Alex Lees compiled a fourth-highest partnership of 313 in Durham history.

In response to being 315 behind in the first innings, Dickson had 186 – his highest score for Durham – and Lee’s 105 before both fell to leg spinner Mason Crane in the same over.

Lees’ highest score on his England debut against the West Indies in March was a modest 31, but the left-hander hit 450 balls in the run and once again showed his ability to focus.

When the players shook hands at 4:50 p.m., Durham was 364 to 3 and leading by 49 points. Sussex took 15 points from the contest, five more than Durham. Yorkshire had to settle for a draw against Kent


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