Kent remain on top against Leicestershire

County Championship Division Two, Canterbury

Close, day two: Leicestershire 141 , Kent 404-6

Kent 6pts, Leics 1pt

Match scorecard

Michael Powell scored an unbeaten ton and Robert Key and Brendan Nash hit half-centuries as Kent pressed home their advantage against Leicestershire.

The hosts, who resumed on 104-2, scored at less than three an over but closed day two on 404-6, a lead of 263 runs.

Powell's 133 not out was his second century of the season, while Key spent nearly six hours at the crease for his 85, with Nash chipping in with 76.

Matthew Hoggard and Claude Henderson took two wickets each for the visitors.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

BBC Radio Kent's Matt Cole:

"Kent dominated day two just as they had the first, on a wicket that demands patience from the batsmen but rewards it in equal measure.

"Mike Powell's century was the perfect illustration, subduing his natural inclination to hit out and slowly building the first-innings lead.

"It was a long, hot, mostly thankless day for Leicestershire in the field. To their credit they bowled tightly enough, but dropped catches off a couple of half chances could eventually cost them the match.

"Kent have the luxury of the opportunity to have a thrash on the morning of day three to add to their advantage. Leicestershire know even if they take quick wickets it will be a huge task just to grind out a draw."