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Live Blog: Lancashire v Kent, Day Two

Live Blog: Lancashire v Kent, Day Two

Live updates from Emirates Old Trafford

Latest news from day two of Lancashire v Kent.

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7.08pm, CLOSE Day 2
Lancashire 2nd innings 2-0 trail by 123 runs, Wells 2* Jennings 0*
Luke Wells and Keaton Jennings survive two overs to reach the close of the second day but Lancashire face an uphill battle in this game tomorrow. 

6.53pm
Kent 1st innings 270 all out (87 overs) lead by 125 runs 
Will Williams bowls Nathan Gilchrist for 5 to claim his third wicket and Tom Bailey has taken 6-64, his second-best bowling figures, after Navdeep Saini slogs him to Josh Bohannon at mid-off.

Grant Stewart finished unbeaten on 64.

Lancashire have two overs to face today.

6.23pm, NEW BALL TAKEN
Kent 1st innings 253-8 (80.2 overs) lead by 108 runs, Stewart 58*  Gilchrist 0*
Tom Bailey has a five-wicket haul as Matt Henry's bright and breezy 16 ends after he edges down the leg side to George Lavelle.

We have 11 overs left today.

6.03pm
Kent 1st innings 223-7 (74.3 overs) lead by 78 runs, Stewart 48* Henry 0*
Jack Leaning goes for 90 off 209 balls after he edges Jack Morley to slip where Luke Wells takes a lovely catch low down to his right.

6.00pm
Kent 1st innings 222-6 (74 overs) lead by 77 runs, Leaning 90* Stewart 47*
Grant Stewart's attacking approach has seen the game's first six struck and he now has 46 from 51 balls in a partnership worth 101 runs (off 140 balls).

5.35pm
Kent 1st innings 182-6 (68 overs) lead by 37 runs, Leaning 78* Stewart 23*
Another excellent partnership of 62 runs between Jack Leaning and Grant Stewart is taking Kent further ahead as this pair are playing more shots than we've seen at any point of the day.

5.10pm
Kent 1st innings 147-6 (62 overs) lead by 2 runs, Leaning 56* Stewart 14*
Kent have gone ahead as Jack Leaning and Grant Stewart push on cautiously.

Leaning has reached his half century from 104 balls with 3 fours but he's been dropped for the third time when a fierce edge off Tom Bailey burst through the hands of Rob Jones at second slip attempting a head high catch.

4.20pm
Kent 1st innings 124-6 (51 overs) trail by 21 runs, Leaning 45* Stewart 4*
We have two wickets in the first over after tea!

Jordan Cox top edges the first delivery from Tom Bailey straight to Luke Wood at midwicket.

And Ollie Robinson, having travelled up to Manchester today to take over as wicketkeeper, is lbw third ball!

What a game this is developing into.

4.00pm, TEA Day 2
Kent 1st innings 120-4 (50 overs) trail by 25 runs, Leaning 45* Cox 2*
Just before tea - finally a wicket!

A 106-run partnership is ended when Joe Denly decides to pull out at playing a shot to Tom Bailey but somewhat unluckily nicks the ball with the bottom of his bat and George Lavelle joyfully grabs the catch.

Denly made 59 and it was a gem of an innings for Kent showing great technique and application in challenging circumstances.

3.38pm
Kent 1st innings 115-3 (46 overs) trail by 30 runs, Denly 59* Leaning 42*
Kent are closing in on Lancashire's first innings total as Joe Denly and Jack Leaning post their century partnership off 212 balls in the afternoon sunshine at Emirates Old Trafford.

The afternoon session has been a complete contrast to the morning when nine wickets fell with the wicket appearing to be flattening out.

Steven Croft has rotated his attack, trying spin from Washington Sundar and Jack Morley before bringing Tom Bailey back at the Brian Statham end.

There has been one half chance when Leaning was on 32 and nearly taken at leg slip by Rob Jones, the ball appearing to hit Jones' arm as he flung himself to his left to try and grab the ball one-handed.

3.05pm
Kent 1st innings 77-3 (35 overs) trail by 68 runs, Denly 42* Leaning 29*
After the mayhem of this morning the game has settled down somewhat this afternoon.

We've seen the first fifty partnership of the match (off 127 balls) as Joe Denly and Jack Leaning have dug in with some great defence and are now starting to play a few shots.

2.35pm
Kent 1st innings 44-3 (27 overs) trail by 101 runs, Denly 25* Leaning 13*
We still wait for the first wicket of the afternoon session.

Joe Denly has battled hard for his 25 off 77 balls as has Jack Leaning who is 13 not out off 43 balls.

The Lancashire attack are bowling with great discipline, keeping to a good line and length and determined not to give the batters anything to hit.

It's a bit of a stalemate so Steven Croft is now turning to the spin of Washington Sundar.

2.05pm
Kent 1st innings 32-3 (20 overs) trail by 113 runs, Denly 16* Leaning 10*
Batting not looking any easier as we get under way this afternoon, Joe Denly getting a ball from Will Williams that keeps low and scuttles through to wicketkeeper George Lavelle.

1.10pm, LUNCH Day 2
Kent 1st innings 24-3 (17 overs) trail by 121 runs, Denly 12* Leaning 6*
What a morning with nine wickets falling in the session for 57 runs.

The bowlers on both teams have found plenty of assistance today and batting has been a real struggle throughout this match so far.

The earlier overcast weather has now given way to sunny spells as the lunch interval approached and the Red Rose attack will hope for further help from the pitch when we resume at 1.50pm.

1.00pm
Kent 1st innings 18-3 (13 overs) trail by 127 runs, Denly 9* Leaning 3*
Joe Denly has struck the only boundary of the innings so far driving Will Williams through cover.

Otherwise it has been more of a case of survival for the batters so far as the ball continues to seam and swing.

Luke Wood is getting his first bowl and has also found plenty of assistance from the conditions.

Lunch today is at 1.10pm and tea at 4pm as we make up time lost yesterday.

12.45pm
Kent 1st innings 12-3 (10 overs) trail by 133 runs, Denly 0* Leaning 0*
Another wicket goes and this time it is to a brilliant diving catch by Luke Wood at square leg.

Zak Crawley clipped Will Williams to leg and must have expected to have finally got off the mark after 27 balls but instead he's trudging back to the dressing room.

12.20pm
Kent 1st innings 5-2 (3.5 overs) trail by 140 runs, Crawley 0* Denly 0*
The ball is nipping around and giving the batters a lot to think about this morning.

Lancashire thought they had a second wicket as Zak Crawley fenced at a seaming Will Williams delivery but the umpire disagreed.

But Williams was not to be denied, trapping Daniel Bell-Drummond lbw for 5 moments later.

12.05pm
Kent 1st innings 0-1 (0.2 overs) trail by 145 runs, Crawley 0* Bell-Drummond 0*
You can't take your eyes off this game for one moment!

Ben Compton tries to play Tom Bailey to midwicket but gets a leading edge that is caught by Washington Sundar at point. What a start for Lancs!

11.53am
Lancashire 1st innings 145 all out (45.2 overs) Morley 0*
Daniel Bell-Drummond has taken a blinding catch at gully after Will Williams middled a cut off a short ball from Nathan Gilchrist. He did well to hang on to the ball which travelled to him at a terrific pace.

But Lancashire have been bowled out inside the first hour of the day. Six wickets fell for 33 runs in exactly 11 overs.

11.47am
Lancashire 1st innings 145-9 (44.1 overs) Williams 2* Morley 0*
Make that five for Matt Henry this morning!

Henry goes around the wicket to the left handed Luke Wood who chips a catch to Grant Stewart at mid-on to be out for 18.

Henry's spell today reads 4.5-1-14-5.

11.29am
Lancashire 1st innings 135-8 (40.1 overs) Wood 9* Williams 0*
Matt Henry is on fire this morning - that's his fourth wicket of the day and he now has 4-9 from his last 16 deliveries.

Tom Bailey received a pretty unplayable delivery that left him off the pitch and took out off stump.

11.23am
Lancashire 1st innings 133-7 (39 overs) Wood 9* Bailey 0*
Conditions today are very similar to yesterday and Steven Croft has received a difficult rising delivery from Matt Henry that moved away late and he's gone caught behind for 31 although temporary 'keeper Jordan Cox did juggle the ball for a moment.

11.04am
Lancashire 1st innings 112-6 (35 overs) Croft 21* Wood 0*
Some unwelcome news for Lancashire supporters as Washington Sundar plays no shot to the second delivery of the morning from Matt Henry only to see the ball jag back and take out his off stump.

And he is followed by George Lavelle who edges his second ball from Henry to Zak Crawley who takes a good low catch at first slip.

10.45am
Some unwelcome news from the Kent camp this morning.

Captain Sam Billings has tested positive for Covid and is being replaced by Ollie Robinson behind the stumps. Jack Leaning will take over as captain.

Robinson has not arrived yet in Manchester so Jordan Cox will stand in behind the stumps until then.

We wish Sam a speedy recovery.

10.30am
Good morning from Emirates Old Trafford ahead of the second day of our LV= County Championship match with Kent.

Currently we have two football matches in progress and some Lancashire players practising slip catches.

The groundstaff are poised with the hover cover just off the wicket so they can either (a) push it back in a hurry if a shower arrives or (b) take it off the pitch quickly just before 11am. Let's hope it is option (b)!

It is cloudy at present so the groundstaff's caution is understandable.

When we do start Lancashire will resume their first innings on 112-4 from 34.2 overs with stand-in skipper Steven Croft on 21 alongside Washington Sundar who has made 6.

 
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