County Championship: Lancashire remain on top over Kent
|LV= County Championship Division Two, Emirates Old Trafford (day three)|
|Lancashire 444: Prince 106, Davies 99, Claydon 4-103|
|Kent 252 & 148-3 (f/o) Denly 60|
|Lancashire lead by 44 runs|
|Lancashire 7pts, Kent 4pts|
Lancashire stayed in a strong position against Kent after day three of the Championship game at Old Trafford.
Kent added only 38 runs in the morning to be all out for 252, with Sam Northeast dismissed for 55 and pace bowler Kyle Jarvis finishing with 4-50.
Following-on, they were 148-3 in their second innings at the close, still trailing Lancashire by 44 runs.
Jarvis took the wicket of Joe Denly (60), while Rob Key made 34 as the visitors avoided a three-day defeat.
Kent began the day on 214-7 in their first innings and made little impact with the bat, with Northeast adding only seven to his overnight score before becoming a fourth wicket of the innings for Jarvis.
Lancashire enforced the follow-on with Kent trailing by 192 runs and Denly and Daniel Bell-Drummond (18) put on 39 for the first wicket.
Denly and Key then shared a partnership of 72, before the latter was bowled by Australia Test player Peter Siddle.
Jarvis got rid of Denly 12 overs later but Northeast (11 not out) and Brendan Nash (18 not out) saw Kent through to close, including a tricky four-over spell after a break for rain.
Lancashire skipper Steven Croft:
"It was a good day. We got what we wanted out of their first innings because we wanted to clean it up as quickly as possible.
"We felt it was the right decision to make them follow-on and while we would have liked one more wicket at the end, we feel we're in a strong position going into day four.
"It's a good cricket wicket. If you stray off line you concede boundaries but if you get it in the right places, you're in the game."
Kent wicketkeeper-batsman Sam Billings:
"I think on a good wicket we batted poorly first innings.
"It was one of those where we really had to dig in second innings and think we've done a good job so far, especially getting through a little period of four overs left in the day.
"There's no doubt we have the ability in the dressing room to bat really well and who knows, on a day four pitch, if you get a lead of 150 you never know.
"It could be quite an interesting last day's play."