Leicestershire v Kent: Centuries for Matthew Boyce and Shiv Thakor

Matthew Boyce
County Championship Division Two, Leicester
Close, day three: Kent 406, Leicestershire 452-7
Leicestershire 6pts, Kent 6pts
Match scorecard

Matthew Boyce hit a career-best 136 and Shiv Thakor was unbeaten on 105 as Leicestershire reached 452-7 at the close after the pair had put Kent to the sword on day three at Grace Road.

Resuming on 250-5, Boyce and Thakor shared an impressive stand of 181.

The partnership was finally broken when Boyce was trapped lbw by Brendan Nash.

After being run out backing up on day two, Kent's Sam Northeast then ran out Jigar Naik moments before rain and bad light ended the day 90 minutes short.

The dismissal of Ramnaresh Sarwan just before the close of play on day two brought Boyce and Thakor together and, so imperious was their batting, that Kent skipper James Tredwell was forced into using seven different bowlers.

One chance did go begging, however, when Darren Stevens granted Thakor a life on 47, dropping a difficult catch at slip off the bowling of Charlie Shreck.

Eventually, Nash - the seventh of the bowlers used - broke what was a Leicestershire record for the sixth wicket against Kent, before Northeast turned the tables, after being run out backing up on day two, to dismiss Naik before the close.

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