Kent v Lancashire: Ashwell Prince plunders second ton in match

LV CC Division Two, The Spitfire Ground St Lawrence

Close, day three: Lancashire 284 and 393-5 dec, Kent 260 & 32-1

Kent 5 pts, Lancashire 5 pts

Match scorecard

Ashwell Prince became the first Lancashire batsman in 15 years to make two centuries in a County Championship match to set the Division Two title winners on course to beat Kent.

Resuming their second innings on 73-0, Lancashire racked up 393-5, with Prince (108) and captain Paul Horton (106) both reaching three figures.

Two tons in a match for Lancs

  • Ashwell Prince is only the 12th batsman in Lancashire's history to have hit two hundreds in a County Championship match.
  • Brothers Johnny and Ernest Tyldesley both did it twice, as did John Crawley, the last to achieve the feat against Glamorgan at Colwyn Bay, in 1998
  • Charlie Hallows, Eddie Paynter, Winston Place, Cyril Washbrook, Harry Pilling, David Lloyd, Graeme Fowler and Neil Fairbrother are the other celebrated members of Lancashire's illustrious two-ton club

Lancashire's declaration at Canterbury set Kent a target of 418 to win.

The home side reached stumps on 32-1, for the loss of Daniel Bell-Drummond.

And it is highly unlikely that former skipper Rob Key will be able to bat after fracturing his left thumb.

Having already wrapped up promotion back to the top flight a fortnight ago, followed by confirmation last week that they would go up as Division Two champions, Lancashire had only the incentive of a ninth Championship win of the summer to play for.

But it did not stop them posting their highest second-innings score of the summer.

The openers put on a further 32 before Luis Reece was stumped for 47, giving England spinner James Tredwell the charge.

But Prince then came in to help stand-in skipper Horton put on 167 for the second wicket and there was also a half century for Andrea Agathangelou (51), Tredwell and Darren Stevens chipping in with two wickets apiece.

VIEW FROM THE COMMENTARY BOX

Scott Read (BBC Radio Lancashire):

"Paul Horton has now hit three centuries in four games as he ends the season in great form.

"As for Ashwell Prince, he continues to look a cut above, having hit a thousand runs for a second season running.

"Lancashire look likely to end the season unbeaten and will be keen to sign off in style tomorrow."