Leicestershire-Kent clash left in balance

LV County Championship Division Two, Grace Road
Close, day two: Leicestershire 257 and 148-5, Kent 219
Leics 3pts, Kent 3pts
Match scorecard
LV County Championship

Jigar Naik claimed five wickets as Kent were bowled out for 219 by fellow Division Two strugglers Leicestershire on day two at Grace Road.

Resuming on 47-3, Martin van Jaarsveld (60) and Darren Stevens (67) hit half centuries before both succumbed to off-spinner Naik.

Left-arm seamer Adam Ball then claimed three wickets for just 14 runs as the visitors fought back.

Leicestershire were left struggling at the close on 148-5.


BBC Radio Kent's Peter Guise:

"The see-saw nature of this basement battle continued on day two with fortunes swinging back and forth.

"Kent will believe that the game has now turned in their favour with Leicestershire's lead restricted to 186 at the close largely thanks to Adam Ball's return of 3-14 to restrict Leicester to 148-5.

"Kent might have plundered more runs in their first innings to build on half centuries for Darren Stevens and Martin van Jaarsveld but brittle batting after lunch left them short of Leicestershire's first innings total."