Daniel Bell-Drummond hundred drives Kent’s fight for survival


Captain leads fight in the follow-on as Kent reach close with nine wickets still standing

Kent 169 (Crawley 60, Bailey 4-46) and 209 for 1 (Bell-Drummond 108*, Cox 80) trail Lancashire 525 (Lamb 125, Wood 119, Bohannon 87, Vilas 53) by 147 runs

A century from captain Daniel Bell-Drummond has given Kent a fighting chance of a draw against Lancashire, steering them to 209 for 1 in their second innings in their LV= Insurance County Championship match at Canterbury.

The hosts still trail by 147 at the end of day three, but a heavy defeat had looked likely after they slumped to 169 all out in their first innings. Tom Bailey took four for 46 and Luke Wood three for 38 to give Lancashire a lead of 356, but after enforcing the follow on the visitors were frustrated for the final two sessions.

Bell-Drummond hit 108 not out and Jordan Cox made 80 in a stand of 176 for the opening wicket that helped take the Group Three fixture to a fourth day.

Kent were 85 for four overnight and their worst case scenario occurred when Bailey had Zak Crawley caught behind for 60 off the first ball of the day.

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