Kent's Denly falls short of double ton against Derbyshire

LV County Championship Division Two, Derby
Close, day three: Derbyshire 535 & 181, Kent 419 & 0-1
Derbyshire 8pts, Kent 8pts
Match scorecard
LV County Championship

Opener Joe Denly felt one run short of a first double century as Kent had the better of day three against Derbyshire.

Denly (199) put on 151 for the fifth wicket with Azhar Mahmood (97) as Kent were dismissed for 419, Tony Palladino taking 5-84 and Mark Footitt 3-80.

Derbyshire struggled to add to their first-innings lead of 116 and, despite Will Madsen's 73, they were dismissed for 181 in their second innings.

Kent, needing 298 to win, closed on 0-1, with Adam Riley out second ball.

CLOSE OF PLAY SUMMARY

BBC Radio Kent's Matt Cole:

"Joe Denly will have mixed feelings. His career-best 199 should have been a double ton, but for an airy waft outside off stump, but it'll do him no harm in his ongoing contract negotiations.

"Kent then bowled with real purpose and fire, and, as the wickets started to tumble, it looked like they could even be favourites. But doughty resistance from Madsen and Groenewald make it an even contest going in to the final day.

"There was controversy as Kent were sent out to face a single over after a late rain break, with a hint of moisture left on the wicket."