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Kent settle for draw with Warwickshire as Wiaan Mulder is recalled by Cricket South Africa

Wiaan Mulder has been recalled from his short county championship stint with Kent by Cricket South Africa.

The 21-year-old was omitted from the squad with an Achilles heel injury for the team's draw with Warwickshire in Canterbury.

He departs having contributed 10 wickets and 114 runs, including a top score of 68 not out, in three first-class outings since arriving in May.

Wiaan Mulder
Wiaan Mulder

Batting dominated proceedings over four days as Division 1 rivals Kent and Warwickshire settled for a draw.

A batting surface enabled the visitors' Dominic Sibley to hit a career-best 244 as well as his fourth successive championship hundred against Kent in as many matches.

Sibley’s opening partner Will Rhodes also chipped in with his first championship hundred of the summer, allowing the visitors to reach 574-7 before a declaration allowed the teams to shake hands on the draw, with Warwickshire still 11 runs behind on first innings.

Kent’s top order filled their boots too, with Sean Dickson and Daniel Bell-Drummond both reaching the 160s in their season’s best total of 585-7 declared, while youngsters Zak Crawley and Ollie Robinson both eased to half-centuries.

For Bell-Drummond, his 166 marked his first championship hundred since April 2016 against Leicestershire.

Kent head coach Matt Walker defended the pitch and applauded his side's batting prowess.

He said: “It’s been a tough four days for the bowlers for sure, but I’ve got nothing but praise for our groundsman, Adrian Llong, who has been brilliant since taking over in the close season.

“We’ve asked him to take more moisture out of the wickets here, which he’s achieved and we’ve asked to play on better wickets. The fact is, this is just a bit docile and it’s ended up as a bore draw. Sometimes that happens, there’s no blame attached to it at all.

“The bottom line is we’ll walk away with 10 points and with a number of our top-order batsmen feeling in good touch and move on to The Oval next week with a good draw behind us.”

“We said at the start of the season that if we can’t win a game, then we must ensure we don’t lose and come away with batting points in the bank, and that’s what we’ve achieved this week.

“We stuck to our tasks really well, considering it’s such a flat pitch and the sun’s been shining throughout. It would have been easy for us to slip into complacency mode, but none of our lads have done that and we can move on to play Surrey full of confidence.”

Sean Dickson on his way towards a century for Kent against Warwickshire. Picture: Ady Kerry
Sean Dickson on his way towards a century for Kent against Warwickshire. Picture: Ady Kerry

It was the bowlers who toiled without reward as only 14 wickets fell over the four days.

James Wainman, the former Yorkshire left-armed paceman, flourished better than most with 3-112 for the Bears, while Grant Stewart was the only Kent bowler to take more than a single wicket.

It was Sibley’s ten-and-half hours at the crease that dominated the final three days of the match as the right-hander faced 491 balls and hit 34 fours to ensure the stalemate.

Sibley took all that Kent’s attack could send down in his stride. He moved past 242 – his previous career-best for Surrey posted at The Kia Oval against Yorkshire in 2013 – with a single to deep point, after Warwickshire had posted their 450 from the 1,000th delivery of the innings.

The 23-year-old finally came unstuck when, in attempting a lap-pull against medium pacer Bell-Drummond, he skied one off the top edge to be caught at short fine leg by Heino Kuhn running back from first slip.

Earlier in the final day Kent trapped Adam Hose and Matt Lamb lbw to Ollie Rayner and Stewart, respectively, before Tim Ambrose was run out chancing a single to extra cover.

Courtesy of the ECB Reporter's Network

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