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Taylor helps Glos secure draw at Canterbury

Taylor J

Kent v Glamorgan Specsavers County Championship Division 2 in Canterbury. Match completed. Gloucestershire 337 and 211 for eight, drew with Kent, 478 for eight. Kent 12pts, Gloucestershire 10ts.

Kent’s last day victory pursuit ran out of time and steam at The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence where Gloucestershire escaped with a scare and a draw after a rain-affected final day.

A heavy shower at 10am and the subsequent loss of 33 overs crucially impaired Kent’s chances of victory on the final day. But the hosts, who have now lost 633 overs to inclement weather this season, gave it their best shot.

Kent picked up three wickets in the opening session after play finally started at 1.45pm. Cameron Bancroft (18) and Chris Dent (27) were both caught in the cordon off Darren Stevens and Calum Haggett respectively. Then Haggett struck again to snare Gareth Roderick (11) lbw after the visiting skipper missed an off-cutter when attempting a, leg-side flick.

Kent will be left ruing a missed chance off the bat of first-innings top-scorer Hamish Marshall who, with his score on four, aimed a slash drive against Stevens only for Joe Denly to down a sharp chance to his right at third slip.

After tea Cockbain (32) sparred at one from Hunn to edge to Rouse to make it 111 for four, and Hunn ought to have struck again in identical fashion two balls later when George Hankins also nicked for the keeper only for umpire Russell Evans to call the bowler for a no ball for overstepping.

Two overs later Marshall departed for 20 when he nicked a leg-side flick against Hunn to the tumbling rouse and, with 25 overs still remaining, the visitors trailed by 19 runs.

Haggett got in the act again in the 43rd over by dismissing Hawkins for 12. Late in his decision to shoulder arms to an off-cutter, the ball glanced off the face of the Hawkins’ bat and through to Rouse.

Going into the final hour the visitors were only seven ahead with four wickets in hand, but then Kieran Noema-Barnett edged the first ball of a Mitch Claydon spell to keeper and Stevens plucked out the middle stump of Craig Miles to send him packing for a single.

Kent might have snatched a ninth wicket when Jack Taylor got an inside edge to one from Stevens but Rouse, stood up to the stumps, was unable to cling on.

Taylor (46*) and David Payne (20*) bravely stood firm thereafter and, with the visitors 70 runs ahead and with only five overs left in the match, the sides shook hands on a draw just after 6pm. Kent banked 12pts and Gloucestershire 10pts.