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Dickson double hundred leads Kent fightback on day 3 at Derby

A superb maiden double-hundred from Sean Dickson led a Kent revival despite Shiv Thakor's five-wicket haul on the third day of the Specsavers County Championship match at Derby.

Dickson ended undefeated on 207, which included 24 fours and two sixes, from 362 balls out as Kent scored 412 when Thakor knocked back Mitch Claydon's middle stump to claim his first five wicket haul to go with his first innings century.

Kent closed 80 behind and the day ended dramatically with Billy Godleman forced to retire hurt before Coles struck twice and Tredwell once to reduce Derbyshire to 9 for 3 in six overs.

Tredwell bowled opener Chesney Hughes to collect the 400th first class wicket of his career.

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Dickson became the first Kent player since 2011 to carry his bat through an innings and was given excellent support by Matt Coles who scored 41 out of an eighth wicket stand of 97 in 20 overs.

The 24-year-old opener had a new batting partner before a ball was bowled after Joe Denly returned home to be with his wife Stacy who gave birth to a baby boy at 11.31am this morning.

That further weakened a batting line-up that was without the injured Tom Latham and Darren Stevens and Kent were soon in trouble with Thakor striking twice in four overs.

Sam Northeast was adjudged to be caught behind down the legside for 12 and when Alex Blake edged low to slip, Kent had slipped to 113 for 3 and, with Denly absent, were effectively four down.

But Dickson was playing with impressive maturity and with Adam Ball (41), batted through the rest of the morning only for Kent to suffer another mini crisis after lunch.

Ball tried to drive Ben Cotton without moving his feet and edged to Tom Poynton before the fast bowler clipped the top of Adam Rouse's off-stump.

Derbyshire could have increased the pressure but Calum Haggett was dropped at second slip on one and although he added 58 runs with Dickson in 16 overs before he played round one from Thakor.

The next ball pinned Tredwell in front and left Kent in danger of being asked to follow on but Coles helped Dickson take the momentum away from Derbyshire.

A square drive brought Dickson his 17th four and his 150 which came off 304 balls and although he was lucky when he played a ball onto the stumps without dislodging the bails, he had certainly earned his good fortune.

With the threat of the follow-on averted, Coles opened his shoulders to dispatch Chesney Hughes for six and Dickson drove Wayne Madsen over long on before passing his previous career-best of 173.

Tom Taylor finally broke the stand when he defeated Coles's big swing to take his first wicket of the season but Mitch Claydon stood firm to make sure Dickson joined the double centurion club.

Dickson turned the 350th ball he faced to fine leg for two before Thakor deservedly ended the innings but Kent's recovery continued as Chesney Hughes, Tom Taylor and Hamish Rutherford all went cheaply.

(Pic: David Griffin @dgriffinpix)


Kent return to The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence in the Specsavers County Championship on Sunday

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