Derbyshire v Kent: Key's bold declaration fails to force victory

LV= County Championship Division Two, 3aaa County Ground
Derbyshire 118 & 106-0 drew with Kent 235-6 dec
Kent 9pts, Derbyshire 7pts
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Kent had to settle for a draw at Derbyshire despite a bold declaration by Rob Key in a bid to force victory.

After no play on day three, the visitors resumed on 10-0 and Brendan Nash, who hit nine boundaries in his 95 off 98 balls, helped them to 235-6.

Key declared with a lead of 117, but Derbyshire batted out time to reach 106-0 and secure the draw.

Stephen Moore hit 14 boundaries in his unbeaten 73, while opening partner Paul Borrington was 31 not out.

BBC Radio Kent's Matt Cole:

"When so often media and supporters moan about defensive declarations, it was good to see Kent's Rob Key try and breathe life into the game on the final day, even leaving his team 15 runs shy of a bonus point and team-mate Brendan Nash five short of a century.

"To have any kind of contest, after two-and-a-half days of rain, was testament to Key's adventure. Unfortunately for him, his bowlers couldn't make the breakthrough he perhaps deserved.

"Nash lit up the last day proving he's not just a grinder of runs, but capable of some giddy-up too.

"Derbyshire's Stephen Moore provided the stability his side lacked in the first innings, and, even though the wicket was flattening out, a compact, composed innings by Borrington may buy him the second opener's spot for some games to come."

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