Leicestershire v Kent: Cobb ton boosts home side's chances

Josh Cobb
Cobb was just 11 runs short of his highest ever score of 148.
LV= County Championship Division Two, Grace Road
Close, day three: Leicestershire 217 & 388 v Kent 302
Leicestershire 4pts; Kent 6pts
Match scorecard

Josh Cobb's superb century gave Leicestershire hope of their first Championship victory since 2012 on day three against Kent at Grace Road.

Cobb's 137 included 21 fours and 1 six, and his stand of 175 with Rob Taylor, who made 98, boosted the hosts to 388.

The pair were both dismissed by Darren Stevens (5-85), leaving Kent to chase a target of 304 to win the game.

They lost skipper Rob Key, who was lbw to Ben Raine for 16, but ended the day on 66-1 with the match in the balance.

Having begun the day on 87-3, Leicestershire soon lost Greg Smith for exactly 50, caught behind off Mitchell Claydon, but Cobb and Taylor came together after Niall O'Brien fell to Charlie Hartley for 33 and took the attack to Kent.

Cobb's hundred was the third of his career, but Taylor fell agonisingly short of what would have been only his second when he was bowled by Stevens after hitting 16 fours.

Things might have been different had Cobb not been dropped in the second over, but Ben Harmison spilled a straightforward catch at gully when Cobb fenced at a delivery from Stevens.

Should Leicestershire go on to win, it would be their first victory since the last match of the 2012 Championship season against Gloucestershire.

However, Kent will begin the final day needing another 238, with nine wickets left, for what would be their third victory of the summer.

Kent all-rounder Darren Stevens told BBC Radio Kent:

"The way it kept a little bit low for me, especially with the new ball, was pretty much the Grace Road of old.

"I am pleased with where we are. A couple of good partnerships and we shouldn't be far off."