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Century by Brendan Nash in vain as Kent's hopes of pushing home advantage against Yorkshire are thwarted by rain

Brendan Nash

Brendan Nash's first century for Kent was the highlight of their washed-out LV= County Championship Division 2 draw against Yorkshire at Canterbury.

With no play possible on the final day (Sunday), Nash (pictured) finished unbeaten on 132 not out after helping Kent move from 316-6 to 350-9 - and another batting bonus point - during the 8.5 overs that were possible on day three.

Kent had been in a strong position as they led Yorkshire by more than 100 runs in the first innings but the rain put paid to any hopes they had of pressing home their advantage.

Skipper Rob Key was ruled out through injury so stand-in captain Geraint Jones inserted Yorkshire, who got off to a slow start on day one, scoring at less than two runs an over in the first session.

Matt Coles, who was called up to the England Lions squad on Friday, was again the pick of the Kent attack. The 21-year-old took his wicket tally for the season to 23 with a haul of 4-70 and he was given ample support by Charlie Shreck (2-65) and Darren Stevens (2-39).

Yorkshire took 92.3 overs to reach 247, leaving Kent openers Scott Newman and Sam Northeast just one over to see out on the first day.

The pair built on their efforts on the following morning with Northeast particularly watchful before going for 26. Newman had earlier departed for 31 and Ben Harmison made 43. Mike Powell edged to slip for and Stevens was trapped in front to leave Kent on 158-5.

Nash steadied the ship and put on 77 runs in 16 overs with Jones, who blazed his way to a 49-ball 47 before getting an edge to slip after attempting an expansive shot through the off side.

James Tredwell (37) joined Nash, who made it through to three figures late on the second day. Nash was left stranded on 132 not out from 214 balls with 14 fours when the rain came again on day three, denying Kent the opportunity of turning up the heat on the visitors.

Nash has now scored 256 runs at an average of more than 85 in the opening four championship games of the season.

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