Hampshire v Kent: Geraint Jones looks for run chase

County Championship Division Two, Southampton

Close, day three: Hampshire 455 & 98-3, Kent 321-7 dec

Hampshire 5pts, Kent 4pts

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Kent's stand-in captain Geraint Jones tried to set up a final day victory chase with a bold declaration against Hampshire on day three of their match.

The visitors resumed on 149-4 and after the early dismissal of Brendan Nash, Ben Harmison (63) and Darren Stevens (60) put on 102 for the sixth wicket.

Jones declared with Kent on 321-7, leaving them 134 behind the hosts.

The gamble seemed to have paid off when Hampshire slipped to 12-2, but Liam Dawson (35no) saw them to 98-3.

He received useful support from first innings centurion Neil McKenzie (27) and James Vince (23no) and with a lead of 232, the chances of a positive result for either side will depend on Hampshire's willingness to leave Kent a run-chase as the visitors seek their first victory of the season.

VIEW FROM THE COMMENTARY BOX

BBC Radio Kent's Peter Guise:

"As brave decisions go, this was right up there as Geraint Jones declared Kent's first innings in an effort to chase a first County Championship win of the season.

"He had that opportunity once Kent had avoided the follow-on thanks to half centuries from Stevens and Harmison.

"Hampshire's skipper, Jimmy Adams, may have had some alarms as Hampshire lost early wickets, but this is all about how many runs in how many overs and what Adams might think he needs to bowl Kent out.

"The final day promises to be an entertaining one."

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