Kent resilience helped by rain to frustrate Essex promotion bid
PUBLISHED: 10:48 16 September 2013 | UPDATED: 10:48 16 September 2013
Kent frustrated Essex's bid for promotion in Canterbury, as rain and bad light forced a draw in the LV County Championship match.
Just 28.4 overs were played on Saturday, the final day, as Kent breathed a sigh of relief to escape with 215 for seven after following on.
Kent resumed play after an early lunch on 113 for four, needing just 56 to make Essex bat again.
Top scorer Sam Northeast was an early lbw loss after officials decided play could resume at 3.30pm with a minimum of 32 overs, following an early tea - caused by persistent rain.
Northeast failed to add to his overnight score of 70, and his 168 minute stay was ended by left-arm seamer Reece Topley.
He was replaces by acting captain Geraint Jones, who also fell to a Topley lbw after reaching 12 from 13 balls.
With light fading fast, Essex deployed spinners Monty Panesar and Greg Smith. However, despite a close field, Kent’s Haggett and Davies added a precious 20 runs to see Kent through for a draw.
This was Kent’s sixth draw of the campaign, earning them six points. They now sit seventh in division two, just six points off Hampshire.