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Steady progress helps Lancashire build a 120-run lead at St Lawrence

Wednesday 18th August 2010

Darren Stevens tookhis match haul to five wickets

Kent v Lancashire LV= County Championship, Day two at Canterbury.
By Mark Pennell
Lancashire limped to an overall lead of 120 with seven, second-innings wickets intact at Canterbury after a cut and thrust Thursday that saw 10 wickets fall. Having dismissed the hosts for 249 for a slender first innings lead of 17, Lancashire slumped to 52 for three second time around only to be rescued by a fourth-wicket stand of 51 between Shivnarine Chanderpaul (23*) and Steven Croft (38*).
The visitors reached the mid-point of the game on 103 for three having again suffered at the hands of their first innings nemesis, Darren Stevens, who took two for 38 and Simon Cook with one for 26.
Stevens, who took three Red Rose wickets for no runs in the first innings, snared both openers Tom Smith (5) and Paul Horton (29) leg before.
Cook then joined the party by pinning Mark Chilton lbw for seven, but only after a thoughtful period of reflection by umpire Tim Robinson.
Chanderpaul, fresh from a first innings golden duck, dug in thereafter with Croft to extend the Lancashire lead into three figures as Kent, having turned to spin in the shape of James Tredwell and Martin van Jaarsveld, struggled to beat the bat.
The second day started with Kent, batting for the first time, on 53 for two and still 213 in arrears.
They made steady headway in the first session with a third wicket stand of 76 in 28 overs between Joe Denly and van Jaarsveld before the Lancashire seamers finally discovered a dangerous line and length either side of the lunch break.
Van Jaarsveld (34), cutting off the back foot against Kyle Hogg picked out the fielder at backward point then, soon after the resumption, Geraint Jones (10) dragged the ball onto his stumps against Glen Chapple
Chapple, the pick of Lancashire“s attack with four for 45, then nipped one back off the seam as Joe Denly shouldered arms and pegged back the right-hander“s off stump – his 69 was his second best score of a disappointing championship season.
Though the Kent tail all made starts, the innings unravelled thereafter as left-arm spinner Gary Keedy held sway.
Alex Blake was pinned leg before on the back foot, Simon Cook miscued to cover when aiming to leg and Matt Coles mistimed to short mid-wicket as Keedy bagged four for 49 and Kent gave up a 17-run deficit.
Photo by Sarah Ansell