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Bell-Drummond scores another 50 as Kent reply on day two

Daniel Bell-Drummond scored his sixth half-century in as many Specsavers County Championship matches before progress was delayed by bad light.

A total of 47 overs were lost in the day but in two sessions of engaging cricket, Kent fought their way to 117 for two and trail the visitors by 224 on first innings.

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Kent opener Tom Latham was the home side’s sole casualty during a gloomy morning session when, shortly after a 14-minute delay for bad light from noon, the New Zealand Test batsman played half forward and outside the line of a Clint McKay in-swinger to go leg before for nine.

With the floodlights on from the start, Daniel Bell-Drummond and Joe Denly, with double centuries to their names already this season, played and missed a couple of times.

The pair also survived concerted appeals for catches behind the stumps, but made it through to lunch without further casualty.

They added 88 in 28.2 overs either side of the lunch break before Denly (32), defending off balance to a full-length ball from Ben Raine, went lbw to make it 103 for two.

Bell-Drummond reached 50 from 99 balls and with eight fours, his eighth score in excess of 50 in all forms of cricket this summer.

When the players went in for a slightly early tea, Bell-Drummond had reached 65, while his captain Sam Northeast was unbeaten on five.

The players did not emerge for the final session and at 5.45pm umpires Alex Wharf and Paul Pollard called proceedings off for the day.

At the start of day two, Kent needed only 15 balls to mop up Leicestershire’s two remaining first-innings wickets for the addition of only a single. Clint McKay nicked off to Sam Billings off the bowling of Darren Stevens, then Matt Coles knocked over last man Charlie Shreck without scoring, caught at mid-on by Matt Hunn.


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