Darren Stevens' ton gives Kent hope against Northants

LV County Championship Division Two, Canterbury
Close, day three: Kent 280 & 255-7, Northants 493
Northants 8pts, Kent 4pts,
Match scorecard
LV County Championship

Darren Stevens hit an unbeaten century but Kent remain in trouble going into the final day against Northants.

Stevens (101 not out) and teenager Adam Ball (30no) put on a so far unbroken eighth-wicket partnership of 92 before the hosts closed on 255-7.

After initially slumping to 163-7 at Canterbury, Kent now have a lead of 42.

Northants began day three on 407-6, Andrew Hall (100) adding 23 to his overnight score, helped by Chaminda Vaas (66) as the visitors made 493.