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Live Blog: Lancashire vs Kent, day 3

Live Blog: Lancashire vs Kent, day 3

Live Blog: Lancashire vs Kent

Welcome to Day Three of Lancashire's latest LV=County Championship clash against Kent at Emirates Old Trafford.

6.38pm, CLOSE Day 3
Lancashire 259-9, Wood 63* Anderson 8*, lead by 185 runs.
Tom Hartley fell for a fine 24 just before the close, edging Quinn  to first slip, but Luke Wood has been outstanding with the bat this afternoon and Kent must be sick of the sight of him with bat in hand after Luke made his career-best 119 against them earlier in the season.

Lancashire are in a very strong position going into the final day knowing a victory will seal a place in the top two of Group 3 of the Division table.

6.00pm, 81.0 overs
Lancashire 231-8, Wood 52* Hartley 18*, lead by 153 runs.
Luke Wood has played a gem of an innings to reach his half century-the first of the match-and steer Lancashire to what looks like a substantial lead in the context of this match.

This pair have now added 41 for the ninth wicket with Tom Hartley playing nicely for his 18 runs so far.

5.40pm, 75.0 overs
Lancashire 205-8, Wood 44* Hartley 0*, lead by 131 runs.
Lancashire gain a first batting point as Luke Wood straight drives Logan for four. 

It could be a significant point because Northants have lost to Yorkshire and if Lancashire get at least a draw from this match, Northants will be unable to catch them.

Lancashire would still require a further 5 points from this game (ie a win) or from next week's match against Yorkshire to be mathematically safe from Glamorgan who would need to win both their current game and get maximum points from their final game next week!

Hope that's clear. 

5.15pm, 68.0 overs
Lancashire 190-8, Wood 29* Hartley 0*, lead by 116 runs.
Rob Jones has departed for 47 to a catch at slip by Darren Stevens after left arm spinner James Logan got one to turn and bounce.

And he has been followed back to the dressing room by Danny Lamb who top edged a sweep off Logan to Stevens for 2.

Tom Hartley-who has replaced England-bound Matt Parkinson-is now at the crease.

4.45pm, 61.0 overs
Lancashire 174-6, Jones 38* Wood 26*, lead by 100 runs.
Rob Jones and Luke Wood reach their fifty partnership shortly after the tea interval and the lead has now reached 100.

4.10pm, TEA Day 3, 56.0 overs
Lancashire 155-6, Jones 28* Wood 19*, lead by 81 runs.
Rob Jones and Luke Wood are building up a useful lead over Kent.

Meanwhile Yorkshire are two wickets away from defeating Northants who are 114-8 and still need another 92 runs to win.

3.55pm, 53.0 overs
Lancashire 142-6, Jones 23* Wood 12*, lead by 68 runs.
Since the fall of the last wickeet Rob Jones and Luke Wood have made steady progress as they look to build a significant lead over Kent.

Kent turning to the off spin of Jack Leaning for the first time in the innings.

3.15pm, 45.0 overs
Lancashire 119-6, Jones 12* Wood 0, lead by 45 runs.
Steven Croft has been bowled for 13 by a really good ball from Darren Stevens that nipped back to hit off stump.

We have a lovely sunny afternoon at Emirates Old Trafford in contrast to the weather earlier.

3.00pm, 41.0 overs
Lancashire 108-5, Jones 7* Croft 8*, lead by 34 runs.
Darren Stevens comes in from the James Anderson end to bowl to Rob Jones and the 3rd day is finally underway. There are 51 overs to be bowled today and Stevens starts with a maiden.

Thankfully the rain has relented and the umpires will hold an inspection at 2.15pm with a possible start of play at 3pm if conditions are fit. That would leave 51 overs to be bowled today.

We were hoping to start play straight after an early lunch but unfortunately it is continuing to rain  

We are having an early lunch at present but it is also drizzling steady and the covers have been back on for some time.

Meanwhile in the 2nd v 3rd contest at Northampton former Lancashire spinner Simon Kerrigan has taken 5-39 to help bowl Yorkshire out for 217 leaving Northants requiring 206 to win.

Following the latest inspection we will take an early lunch at 12.30pm with play starting at 1.10pm and 80 overs remaining today.

Some breaking news.
England have announced a new ODI squad to play Pakistan after positive Covid tests have sidelined the original squad.

Matt Parkinson and Saqib Mahmood have been called up and Tom Hartley will replace Parkinson for the rest of the Kent game.

Zak Crawley has also been called up and has been replaced in the Kent team by Tawanda Muyeye.

The umpires have made an early inspection and they will return and make a further inspection at 11.30am.

After the excitement of yesterday and James Anderson’s achievements, I’m afraid it’s a back to a dose of reality this morning – it’s raining!

The covers are on and we can only sit and wait for an improvement in conditions.

When play does resume Steven Croft and Rob Jones will be at the crease with Lancashire 34 runs ahead in their first innings on 108-5 after Kent were bowled out for 74 yesterday afternoon.

The top of Group 3 Table looks like this with points gained over the first two days of the latest round of matches added to the standings:

1st Lancashire 129 points
2nd Yorkshire  125 points
3rd Northants  113 points
4th Glamorgan 102 points

The game between Northants and Yorkshire is into the second innings, so no further bonus points can be added, while Lancashire will hope to add further batting points to their total.



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