|LV County Championship Division Two, Canterbury|
|Close, day three: Kent 280 & 255-7, Northants 493|
|Northants 8pts, Kent 4pts,|
Darren Stevens hit an unbeaten century but Kent remain in trouble going into the final day against Northants.
Stevens (101 not out) and teenager Adam Ball (30no) put on a so far unbroken eighth-wicket partnership of 92 before the hosts closed on 255-7.
After initially slumping to 163-7 at Canterbury, Kent now have a lead of 42.
Northants began day three on 407-6, Andrew Hall (100) adding 23 to his overnight score, helped by Chaminda Vaas (66) as the visitors made 493.