Published: 18:00, 07 July 2021
| Updated: 19:14, 07 July 2021
Jack Leaning batted for nearly four hours on the final day to secure Kent a County Championship draw at Lancashire.
Leaning faced 199 balls and finished unbeaten on 53 - he was joined by no.10 James Logan, who was three not out from 57 balls, for the final hour.
Leaning said: "It was good fun because I quite enjoy those battles where you have to get stuck in. It was quite fitting that two Yorkie boys stopped the Lanky boys winning!
"Obviously we have not played our best cricket in this game and to come out of the game with only two fewer points than Lancashire doesn't seem fair but it's nice to come out of the game like that.
"It's always nice to play Lancashire, even though I am now a Kent lad and loving life down there, there is always a bit of niggle and a few fun words exchanged.
"If we're being honest our form in the Championship has not been at its best this year but the T20 gives us a chance to free up and enjoy ourselves - maybe we need to bring a little bit of that into four-day cricket."
Rain again wiped out the opening session of the day at Old Trafford and play got under way at 1.10pm with Kent 185 behind after Lancashire declared on their overnight total of 259-9.
With Zak Crawley departing mid-match to join the England squad, Ollie Robinson returned to his opening berth for the second innings but in the fourth over he had a horrible swipe at a wide delivery from Luke Wood and was caught by wicketkeeper Dane Vilas for two.
James Anderson quickly weighed in with his 1,003rd first class wicket after Jordan Cox edged one to Rob Jones at second slip whose parry found its way into the hands of a grateful Luke Wells standing next to him.
Kent were 31-2 and their prospects worsened when skipper Joe Denly clipped an innocuous delivery from Danny Lamb’s first over straight to Alex Davies at mid-wicket for 17 to leave the visitors 40-3.
With the fourth day pitch expected to turn, Lancashire might have rued Matt Parkinson’s England call up but the leg spinner’s replacement, Tom Hartley, has been in fine form in the T20 Blast and he claimed Heino Kuhn for his first red ball wicket of the season when the South African edged to Wells at slip for 21.
When Crawley’s substitute, Tawanda Muyeye, was trapped in front by Hartley for seven, swiftly followed in the same way by Darren Stevens for 17 courtesy of Wells’ part-time leg spin, the writing was on the wall for Kent at 129-6 with only Leaning offering any resistance.
Just before the last hour was called, Hartley struck again, claiming two wickets in three balls as first Matt Milnes edged behind for two and then Harry Podmore was clean bowled for a duck. He finished with career-best figures of 4-42.
But Leaning and the impressive Logan held out to see out time and allow Kent to escape with a draw. Leaning was the only Kent batsman in the match to face more deliveries than Logan, who also batted for 48 minutes in the first innings.