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Live Blog: Lancashire vs Kent, day 4

Live Blog: Lancashire vs Kent, day 4

Live Blog: Lancashire vs Kent, day 4

CLOSE - MATCH DRAWN

The players shake hands on the draw with Kent 149-8. Jack Leaning finished unbeaten on 53 off 199 balls and Tom Hartley took a career-best 4-42.

Lancashire take 13 points from the game and look certain to qualify for Division One in the Championship.

That may be confirmed shortly once the result of the Glamorgan game is known.

5.55pm - Close of play is at 6.05pm.
Kent 2nd inns 147-8, Leaning 53* Logan 3*, trail by 38 runs
All 16 overs in the last hour have been bowled meaning we continue until 6.05pm.

Leaning has fought a great rearguard action for Kent. He has faced 192 balls for his 53.

Tom Hartley & Luke Wood are bowling these final overs.

5.30pm, 7.0 overs remain
Kent 2nd inns 142-8, Leaning 49* Logan 3*, trail by 43 runs
There are a minimum of 7 overs to go but with the final hour starting at 5.05pm it seems likely that we will get more overs bowled than that if required.

Danny Lamb and Tom Hartley bowling at present.

5.05pm, 16.0 overs remain
Kent 2nd inns 134-8, Leaning 45* Logan 0*, trail by 50 runs
Two wickets in three balls by Tom Hartley has put Lancashire on course for victory.

We are just starting the last hour, with 16 overs left and two wickets required.

Hartley had Matt Milnes caught behind and Harry Podmore bowled to reach a career-best that currently stands at 4-34.

4.50pm, 20.0 overs remain
Kent 2nd inns 133-6, Leaning 43* Milnes 2*, trail by 52 runs
That could be a big moment!

Luke Wells has trapped Darren Stevens lbw for 17 to break a stubborn 6th wicket partnership with Leaning that only added 26 runs but used up 16 overs.

4.30pm, 25.0 overs remain
Kent 2nd inns 122-5, Leaning 40* Stevens 12*, trail by 63 runs
It has been slow going in the last 45 minutes as this Kent pair are fighting hard to save a draw.

Darren Stevens hit Luke Wood over extra cover where James Anderson made a great leaping effort to pull off what would have been a spectaculat catch but only get fingertips to the ball.

The only other excitement was being evacuated for 15 minutes when the media centre firm alarm went off but it proved to be a false alarm.

3.45pm, 38.0 overs remain
Kent 2nd inns 103-5, Leaning 34* Stevens 0*, trail by 82 runs
Tom Hartley strikes in the sixth over after tea, Tawanda Muyeye is lbw for 12

3.05pm, TEA Day 4, 44.0 overs remain
Kent 2nd inns 88-4, Leaning 24* Muyeye 2*, trail by 97 runs

There has been a bit of very light drizzle around for some time but it has just got a bit harder and the players are coming off and we are having an early tea.

3.00pm, 45.0 overs remain
Kent 2nd inns 86-4, Leaning 24* Muyeye 0*, trail by 99 runs
Tom Hartley has his first wicket after tempting Heino Kuhn into a drive that he edges to Luke Wells at slip to depart for 21.

Danny Lamb beat Jack Leaning on the inside and outside edge but he has now given way to James Anderson who is returning for a second spell.

20 year-old Tawanda Muyeye, who replaced England-bound Zak Crawley probably didn’t think he’d be facing James Anderson in his third first-class match.

2.30pm, 54.0 overs remain
Kent 2nd inns 52-3, Leaning 2* Kuhn 10*, trail by 133 runs
A double bowling change has brought more Red Rose success. Joe Denly has driven Danny Lamb to Alex Davies at mid-wicket for 17 and Lamb has nearly had Jack Leaning lbw with an inswinging yorker. Close call.

Meanwhile Tom Hartley is getting turn and bounce from the Brian Statham end and has beaten the bat a few times.

Kent pair Heino Kuhn and Jack Leaning are having a tough time out there at present, Leaning needing treatment after being hit painfully by a Lamb delivery.

1.50pm, 63.0 overs remain
Kent 2nd inns 31-2, Denly 9* Leaning 0*, trail by 154 runs
Jordan Cox edges James Anderson to Rob Jones at second slip who parries the ball up into the air and Luke Wells completes the catch. That's Jimmy's 8th of the match.

Anderson bowling to just the five slips at the moment.

1.35pm, 66.0 overs remain
Kent 2nd inns 28-1, Cox 11* Denly 8* trail by 157 runs
It’s Luke Wood who makes the early breakthrough after Ollie Robinson has a wild drive at a wide delivery that he nicks to Dane Vilas behind the stumps.

Wood and Anderson had been building up pressure by finding swing and bounce to beat the bat repeatedly during these opening overs and that pressure has brought a dividend.

Wood has just clipped Cox on the shoulder with a delivery that climbed steeply on to the batsman and flew to third man for four leg byes.

1.10pm, 72.0 overs remain
Kent 2nd inns 0-0, Robinson 0* Cox 0* trail by 185 runs
Lancashire have declared on their overnight score of 255-9 with Luke Wood finishing the top[ scorer on 63 not out.

James Anderson bowling the first over from the James Anderson end........

12.30pm
Following the umpires inspection it's good news - play will start at 1.10pm with 72 overs to be bowled.

Time for a round of applause for the groundstaff!

12.00pm
Better news - it is a lot brighter at Emirates Old Trafford and the covers have been taken off. The umpires will make an inspection shortly once the groundstaff have completed their tasks.

11.00am
It's official - there will be no play before lunch which will be taken at 12.30pm.

10.00am
It’s a testament to the hard work of Lancashire’s groundstaff that we have managed to play as many as 118.2 overs across the three days of this LV= County Championship match given the rain that has fallen this week.

Well, they are going have to do it all over again this morning if we are to get under way at some point.

This morning’s downpour has abated but I am sat looking out over the ground and can see a lot of water on the covers and a few puddles on the outfield.

We are waiting to hear from the umpires but a prompt start at 11am must be in doubt.

Luke Wood told us last night that they will have a chat this morning over whether to bat on today or declare.

If Lancashire can force a win today, that would clinch qualification for the Division One play-offs.

If Glamorgan fail to beat Sussex today, a draw in this game will be sufficient for Lancashire to qualify.

If Glamorgan win, a draw in our game would leave a combination of 5 points required from next week’s Roses match and/or Glamorgan dropping points in their final match against Northants.

 
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