Kent are set a tough 339-run victory target by Lancashire

Thursday 19th August 2010

Simon Cook was the pick of the home attack with four for 62

Kent v Lancashire LV= County Championship Division One, day three at Canterbury
By Mark Pennell
A stoic 120 from Lancashire“s overseas run-machine Shivnarine Chanderpaul helped the visitors reach a second innings total of 321 and set Kent a testing victory target of 339 in the four remaining sessions of the match.
Chanderpaul, fresh from a golden duck in the first innings, reached a patient 50 from 113 balls and went on to bat almost five hours before notching his first century against Kent.
Kent“s sole success of the morning session came after nine overs when Steven Croft, having added five to his overnight score of 38, aimed an ambitious cut at Simon Cook only to edge the ball through to wicketkeeper Geraint Jones.
Thereafter, Kent skipper Rob Key rang the bowling changes but without success as Chanderpaul and Gareth Cross added 89 in 29 overs for the fifth wicket.
The stand finally came ended 10 overs after lunch when Cross, two deliveries after posting his 92-ball half-century, drove over one from Matt Coles to lose middle and off stumps.
Four overs later Coles struck again by having Luke Sutton (9) caught at third slip by Darren Stevens following an ugly smear then Glen Chapple ran past one from James Tredwell to be stumped by Geraint Jones.
Having averaged only 12.8 against the Hop County previously Chanderpaul, the former West Indies“ captain, reached three figures by pulling a short ball from Matt Coles to the ropes at deep mid-wicket.
The Guyanese went nine overs after Kent took the second new ball; pushing defensively inside the line of a Simon Cook off-cutter, he went leg before having posted 14 fours.
Three balls later Cook yorked Kyle Hogg for a duck, then last man Gary Keedy miscued a slog sweep against James Tredwell to be caught at mid-wicket and send the sides in to the tea interval.
Cook finished as t Thereafter, Kent skipper Rob Key rang the bowling changes but without success as Chanderpaul and Gareth Cross added 89 in 29 overs for the fifth wicket.
The stand finally came ended 10 overs after lunch when Cross, two deliveries after posting his 92-ball half-century, drove over one from Matt Coles to lose middle and off stumps.
Four overs later Coles struck again by having Luke Sutton (9) caught at third slip by Darren Stevens following an ugly smear then Glen Chapple ran past one from James Tredwell to be stumped by Geraint Jones.
Cook finished as the pick of the Kent attack with four for 62, while Stevens, Coles and Tredwell bagged two apiece.
Photo: Sarah Ansell