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Kent lead Sussex by 27 runs with eight second innings wickets remaining in the County Championship

Zak Crawley passed 3,000 first-class runs in his unbeaten half-century as Kent fought back against Sussex in the County Championship at Hove.

After making 90 against Yorkshire last week - his highest score of the season so far - the 23-year-old England batsman again looked in good touch, reaching 61 not out including seven fours, three of them in an over from off-spinner Jack Carson, as Kent closed day two on 138-2, a lead of 27.

Kent's Zak Crawley - will resume day three unbeaten on 61 against Sussex. Picture: Ady Kerry
Kent's Zak Crawley - will resume day three unbeaten on 61 against Sussex. Picture: Ady Kerry

Sussex had earlier taken a first-innings lead of 111 after being bowled out for 256 with on-loan seamer Matt Quinn picking up four wickets.

Kent lost two wickets in clearing their arrears with Jofra Archer and Ollie Robinson taking one each. Archer struck in the fifth and final over of his only spell when a big inswinger accounted for Jordan Cox (12) while Robinson had skipper Daniel Bell-Drummond caught at third slip for 27.

Quinn had earlier taken 4-54 with all four of his wickets coming during an excellent afternoon spell as Kent chipped away after Sussex had passed their first-innings 145 with four wickets down.

Sussex resumed on 51-2 and Stiaan van Zyl and Travis Head put on 52 in 14 overs, although Head (20) was dropped on ten by Jordan Cox at first slip before he was pinned by Darren Stevens’ late inswing.

Van Zyl (52) reached his fourth half-century of the season with a six off Nathan Gilchrist and also hit eight fours but was beaten by an inswinger in Gilchrist’s next over.

Sussex rebuilt through Tom Clark and Ben Brown either side of lunch in a stand of 59 in 20 overs. Crawley put down Clark on 27 and the left-hander had reached 42 when Gilchrist bowled him around his legs with one that kept low.

Stevens picked up his third wicket when Brown (26) was beaten by late away movement before Quinn settled into a productive spell from the sea end.

The 28-year-old New Zealander is on a four-match loan spell from champions Essex and worked up a decent pace. He was slightly fortunate to claim his first wicket as the ball which had Delray Rawlins (6) lbw appeared to have pitched outside the line.

But George Garton (17) and Archer (2) were both beaten by good deliveries which moved away sharply off the seam and Quinn finished off the innings when Robinson (25) holed out to deep mid-wicket.

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