Rob Key steers Kent to draw at Leicestershire

LV County Championship Division Two, Grace Road
Leicestershire 257 & 289-9 drew with Kent 219 & 255-6
Leics 8pts, Kent 7pts
Match scorecard
LV County Championship

Rob Key was dismissed just short of a century as Kent battled their way to a draw with Leicestershire at Grace Road.

Leicestershire wicketkeeper Tom New was dismissed for 76 as his side declared on 289-9 to set Kent 328 to win.

Key seemed to have his side on course for victory after helping them to 184-2, but was out for 98 as three wickets fell for two runs in five balls.

Azhar Mahmood then weighed in with an unbeaten 46 before the sides shook hands with Kent on 255-6.

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BBC Radio Kent's Ben Croucher:

"Kent produced a stirring fightback on day four, bowling aggressively in the morning and then almost batting their way to an improbable victory.

"Though Key was dropped on 21, Naik failing to cling on to a near impossible catch in the gully, he batted with great maturity and always scored quickly enough to give Kent a glimmer of hope.

"Three wickets in five balls swung the match in Leicestershire's favour and they sensed a chance to steal the bragging rights, especially when Darren Stevens holed out to deep mid-wicket for 12.

"Mahmood curbed his attacking instincts to block out a draw but everyone was caught by surprise by the negative acceptance of a draw when the game could have delivered a final twist. Kent will be the happier of the two sides ahead to tomorrow's FL t20 match though."

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