Leicestershire v Kent: Claydon reaches career-best score

Cricket
LV= County Championship Division Two, Grace Road
Close, day two: Leicestershire 217 & 87-3 v Kent 302
Leicestershire 4pts; Kent 6pts
Match scorecard

Mitchell Claydon starred for the second day running against Leicestershire as he added a career-best 77 to his five wickets at Grace Road.

Kent made 302 all out, a lead of 85, as Claydon hit a six and 14 fours after all-rounder Darren Stevens had made 57.

Stevens then dismissed Angus Robson and Ned Eckersley and Adam Ball had Dan Redfern caught behind.

Rain intervened with Leicestershire having just cleared the deficit on 87-3 and play was called off at 18:15 BST.

Opener Greg Smith faced 87 balls for his 42 not out and the home side will need him, or one of their other batsmen, to make a big score on the third day to revive their chances of victory.

Earlier in the day, pace bowler Nathan Buck (4-97) took three wickets in six overs for Leicestershire, including Stevens, to leave the visitors on 207-8.

But Claydon found a reliable ally in Adam Riley and together they added 67 for the final wicket to earn their side a third batting point.

Kent fast bowler Mitchell Claydon told BBC Radio Kent:

"It was see the ball, hit the ball. The situation in the game made it a little more satisfying.

"We were up against it and to get up to 302 was the most pleasing thing about it."

BBC Radio Kent's Peter Guise:

"Kent's progress toward a third County Championship victory owes much to the inspired performance of Mitch Claydon, who cannot be kept out of the game.

"After his first-day heroics with the ball, he turned to the willow on day two to thump his way to a career-best 77 with the bat lifting Kent to a lead many thought they might not get at the start of play."