Denly hits unbeaten hundred in Pakistan draw

Denly hits unbeaten hundred in Pakistan draw

Joe Denly hit his 24th first class century as Kent gained valuable batting practice against Pakistan in the tour match at The Spitfire Ground.

The 32-year-old shared a club record second-wicket stand of 160 with Sean Dickson (74) before the sides shook hands on a draw.

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The club vice-captain looked fluent against pace and spin after play resumed at 2pm after the tireless Kent groundstaff got the game on after more than 50 millimetres of rainfall in Canterbury on Monday.

The duo, who shared the club’s highest stand of all time in 2017, surpassed the previous second-wicket record against Pakistan – set by Charles Rowe and Chris Tavare in 1978.

Dickson left the ball well against the pace triumvrate of Mohammad Amir, Hasan Ali and Rahat Ali before attacking the spin of Shabad Khan who picked up 2-88.

Shadab eventually trapped the opener LBW and bowled Zak Crawley either side of a penetrating Amir yorker which castled Alex Blake before Adam Rouse reached 12* at stumps alongside the dominant Denly.

Kent’s 2017 player of the year walked off unbeaten with thirteen fours and three sixes in a fluent innings, gaining vital match practice ahead of Friday’s Specsavers County Championship trip to Glamorgan and Sussex’s visit to The Spitfire Ground a week later.

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