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Kent draw with Sussex at Hove as Jack Leaning scores sixth first-class century

Jack Leaning completed the sixth hundred of his first-class career as rain was again the winner of the final day of Kent's County Championship draw with Sussex.

Leaning signalled his return to form with an unbeaten century but team-mate Ollie Robinson missed out on three figures after a tough leg before decision.

Jack Leaning - scored a century for Kent at Sussex.
Jack Leaning - scored a century for Kent at Sussex.

Kent coach Matt Walker said: "Today was a frustrating day with the weather. It was always going to be difficult for us to force anything.

"If we had started on time we might have been able to set them something, but we just ran out of overs really.

"Setting them only a short run chase would have made it a hard game for us to win. It would have been a long shot.”

Leaning, the 27-year-old former Yorkshire batsman, finished unbeaten on 127 when fists were bumped at 4.50pm having shared a 172-run fourth wicket stand with Robinson in Kent’s second innings tally of 387-4 declared.

Sussex's England paceman Jofra Archer, who did not bowl despite fielding on the third evening, appeared in his whites as the teams warmed up but then did not take the field as Kent resumed their second innings on 220-3, an overnight lead of 109.

Play began at 1.10pm, following heavy early morning rain and the subsequent mopping up, with Archer replaced in the field by substitute fielder Nick Oxley, a Sussex Academy player.

Kent keeper-batsman Robinson looked particularly busy at the crease as he moved steadily to a neatly-played half-century.

To show his intent, Robinson lofted Jack Carson’s off spin straight for four and then swept the slow left arm of Delray Rawlins for another boundary.

Sussex took the second new ball as soon as it became available, with Kent on 258-3, initially with Carson operating down the Hove slope and Ollie Robinson returning for a three-over burst from the Sea End.

Leaning and Robinson held firm, however, with the latter completing his fifty from 85 balls and Leaning, though more circumspect, keeping his score ticking over as the stand reached three figures.

In all, Leaning faced 263 balls, hitting eight fours, while Robinson later pulled a short ball from Rawlins for six and also included six fours in his bright 135-ball knock before being adjudged lbw to Tom Clark’s medium pace despite what looked to be an inside edge. It was Clark’s maiden first-class wicket.

There was no play either between 3pm and 4pm due to more rain, but at least the curtailed final session allowed 20-year-old Tawanda Muyeye to spend time at the crease following his first innings score of one and he reached 12 not out on his first-class debut at the close.

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