Nixon plods on as championship clash with Leicestershire heads toward a draw

Thursday 17th September 2009

Martin van Jaarsveld (pictured right) finally broke a double-century opening stand

Kent v Leicestershire LV County Championship, Day four. Canterbury.
By Mark Pennell
FORMER Kent favourite Paul Nixon continued to frustrate his old team-mates on the day final day of the last four-day game in Canterbury this summer by reaching an unbeaten 137 as the visitors reached tea on 290 for two.
Nixon, who left Kent in 2002 after three years with the club, was just seven short of equalling his career best having featured in an opening stand worth 204 in tandem with Matt Boyce (98).
The pair broke the Foxes previous best first-wicket stand against Kent of 202, set by Maurice Hallam and Gerry Lester in Leicester in 1956, and it was also their highest first-wicket stand of the season beating 127 by Boyce and Josh Cobb in May.
Kent finally broke the stand six balls after lunch when Boyce nicked to Justin Kemp at slip off the bowling of Martin van Jaarsveld.
Nixon went on to post the 20th ton of his first-class career from 239 balls with 11 fours but then lost second-wicket partner Cobb (28) when he chipped a return catch to James Tredwell.
Kent had Paul Dixey keeping for the mid-session after Geraint Jones went off during the lunch break with a ricked neck.