Kent v Lancashire: Rob Key's century keeps visitors in check

Rob Key
LV CC Division Two, The Spitfire Ground St Lawrence
Close, day two: Lancashire 284 and 75-0, Kent 260
Kent 5 pts, Lancashire 5 pts
Match scorecard

Former England batsman Rob Key hit his second County Championship century (and his fifth ton of 2013) to keep Kent in the game against Division Two champions Lancashire at Canterbury.

Key hit 134, more than half his team's score, as Kent were bowled out for 260.

That was just 24 shy of the visitors' 284, having added just 15 to their overnight 269-8, Ashwell Prince failing to supplement his overnight 134.

Lancashire then reached the close on 75-0 second time around, a lead of 99.

Paul Horton (36) and Luis Reece (33) remained unparted at the close to give already promoted Lancashire the edge as they chase a ninth County Championship win of the summer.

Earlier, Key's only support had come from Ben Harmison, who hit 59 in a fourth-wicket stand of 158, having come together on a perilous 7-3.

But, once they were parted, the wickets began to clatter again, only two more batsmen making double figures.

Zimbabwean debutant fast bowler Kyle Jarvis, Oliver Newby and Stephen Parry all took three wickets for a second-string Lancashire attack.

Match scorecard