Kent’s tail wags to secure a first innings lead of 305

Wednesday 16th September 2009

Ryan McLaren hit 44 in his first innings for six weeks

Kent v Leicestershire LV County Championship Division 2, Day three. Canterbury.
By Mark Pennell
KENT secured an impressive first inning lead of 305 after reaching 453 against Leicestershire on the day they made certain of winning the LV County Championship Division 2 title.
Ryan McLaren (44) was last man out, caught behind off the workmanlike Andrew Harris just before 3pm as Kent secured a maximum batting bonus points to wrap up the title with a game in hand.
Harris finished with four for 84, the equally willing Wayne White three for 91 as Kent finally ran out of steam on day three of this momentous four-day clash.
It was 11.20am and Kent were into the 12th over of the third day“s play when van Jaarsveld turned one off his pads from Andrew Harris and called his sixth-wicket partner Justin Kemp through for a single that took Kent to 250 and van Jaarsveld on to 89.
Kent“s faithful had been left on the edge of their seats for 12 balls and eight minutes while waiting for the all important single after night watchman Amjad Khan was dismissed for 16 with the side only a run short of the milestone.
Khan, in going for glory, sliced an attempted cover drive high into the off-side where Josh Cobb took an excellent running catch to give Wayne White a well deserved wicket.
Soon after Kent had reached the landmark they lost Justin Kemp (8) leg-before to a shooter from White, but van Jaarsveld continued to reach his seventh hundred of the season from 122 balls and with 16 fours and a brace of sixes.
The right-hander reached 146 before going just before lunch, caught behind by Tom New off a nicked drive off the bowling of James Benning as Kent went in at lunch on 344 for seven – an overall lead in the match of 196.
The Foxes needed a further session to take Kent“s last three remaining scalps, Alex Blake (33) clipped back a return catch to give part-time leg-spinner Josh Cobb his first wicket of the campaign.
Fellow left-hander James Tredwell (29) edged to the keeper as did McLaren soon after leaving Leicestershire to bat out a 34-over final session.