Kent save follow-on against Derbyshire
|LV County Championship Division Two, Canterbury|
|Close of play, day three: Derbyshire 460 & 85-1, Kent 352|
|Derbyshire 7 pts, Kent 6 pts|
Kent's tailenders wagged sufficiently to save the follow-on, but they may still face an uphill last-day battle.
After bowling out Kent for 352, 108 runs behind, Derbyshire then reached 85-1 second time around to carve a lead of 193 going into the final day.
Geraint Jones led the way for Kent with 59, but James Tredwell, Azhar Mahmood and debutant Ashley Shaw all made contributions.
A lot now depends on the weather and the timing of a Derbyshire declaration.
All-rounder Matt Coles celebrated his 21st birthday by cracking the boundary that saved Kent from following on during a rain-affected third day.
But, in search of their second centuries of this Division Two contest, visiting batsmen Wayne Madsen (43no) and Usman Khawaja (32no) again looked well set before rain arrived for a third and final time just after 5 o'clock.
Kent's only success came after six overs when Chesney Hughes drove on the up against Shaw and succeeded only in picking mid-off.
CLOSE OF PLAY SUMMARY
BBC Radio Kent's Matt Cole:
"The difference between the two sides' first innings was Kent's inability to put together a really big stand the way Derbyshire had done on day one.
"Geraint Jones should be happy enough with his knock, having spent precious little time in the middle this season, and Coles and Shaw provided an hour or so of crash, bang, wallop to entertain the Canterbury crowd.
"But Derbyshire hold all the cards. A canny declaration by Luke Sutton could make things very uncomfortable for Kent's batsmen."