Kent close on victory over Leicestershire

LV County Championship Division Two, Tunbridge Wells
Close of play, day three: Kent 459, Leicestershire 251 & 308-7
Kent 8pts, Leicestershire 3 pts
Match scorecard
LV County Championship

Kent closed day three in sight of victory at Tunbridge Wells after making Leicestershire follow on.

Leicestershire began on 220-6, but saw Matt Coles (5-77) and James Tredwell (5-55) mop up the tail as they were bowled out for 251.

James Taylor (96) and Wayne White (71) helped ensure that Kent would have to bat again.

But Robbie Joseph (4-57) ensured Kent ended the day on top as the visitors closed on 308-7, a lead of 100.

They were held up by an unbroken stand of 62 for the eighth wicket between Claude Henderson and Jigar Naik which gave Leicestershire hope.

CLOSE OF PLAY SUMMARIES

BBC Radio Kent's Matt Cole:

"Kent did all that was expected of them in the morning. It was a morale booster for two of their bowlers; Matt Coles' first five-wicket haul in the Championship and Robbie Joseph proving he's still a strike bowler at county level.

"Although Joseph's old habits set in later in the day, with no-balls and wides aplenty, he broke the partnership of the day between Taylor and White, and always looked a threat.

"Taylor's innings was one of assurance and maturity beyond his years. Many of us watching him for the first time saw what all the fuss was about, surely a future England international.

"Leicestershire could yet make it tricky for Kent on the final day if they can build their lead to 150-plus. The forecast suggests batting weather, but I wouldn't be at all surprised at a thrilling finish."

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