Joe Denly and Matt Henry put Kent on course for victory

Northamptonshire 105 and 56 for 3 needs 264 more runs to beat Kent 137 and 287 (Denly 81, Crawley 63, Billings 56, Gleeson 6-79)
Scorecard [19659003] Kent will have to clean up the remaining seven Northamptonshire terrains on the last day in Canterbury to secure his eighth victory of the Specsavers County Championship campaign, having reduced visitors to 54 by 3 by stumps on the third day.

Batting for the last time in the game and facing an unlikely victory goal of 320, Northamptonshire started their second chance as they had the first and soon had problems against the pace of Matt Henry, who has already taken nine wickets in the match, including seven best of his career -wick haul.

Lefty Ben Curran followed one who caught him to catch him, five outs later, his opening partner Luke Procter went ahead to one who rushed out of the seam to give Henry his ninth of the match.

Kent & # 39; s First quarterback Grant Stewart passed one through the door of Ricardo Vasconcelos to stick him in the stump, but Alex Wakely and Richard Levi looked for the remaining 10 overs until the end. They need another 266 on the fourth day for an unlikely victory.

Kent had started his second chance with a slender overall lead of 32 and extended his lead to 55 when Ben Sanderson's two-way maiden briefly altered the course of the morning session.

He got Sean Dickson to slip on the second slip and then, three balls later, Kent's experiment to defeat Grant Stewart, when the SUV took a look at the keeper to go out unmarked.

Licensed to keep the game moving, Kent's third wicket partners, Zak Crawley and Joe Denly continued their blows by adding 111 in 25 overs on each side of the lunch.

But, after posting a ball of 72 balls 50, Crawley got bogged down after the interval and broke the leg earlier for 63 when a swinging Brett Hutton yorker hit him flush in the boot.

The impressive Richard Gleeson then enjoyed the second double-blind maid of the day. After cutting Denly's stump with an excellent leg cutter that sent him packing when there were only 19 runs left under his fourth ton of summer championship, Gleeson extended Daniel Bell-Drummond's batting problems by catching his leg earlier when he lost the balance by third ball duck.

Heino Kuhn fell by a cameo 34 just before tea, a leg earlier when he was working on the other side of the line against Gleeson, then, shortly after tea and with Kent 287 ahead, the same bowler induced Darren Stevens to cut .

Harry Podmore did the same to give Gleeson a deserved haul of five parking lots in just his fourth appearance of the season, which became the best personal record of 6 to 79 when Henry, trying to drop his hands on a short , gloved one caught

Between the butchers, Sam Billings, the Kent captain, scored his first half-century of the season in his fifth appearance from 63 balls with seven legs, surpassing his insignificant season of 29 best before becoming the last man by 56, after an extraordinary hook from the outside of the stump that flew directly to the first slip.

Kent needed only 25 minutes at the start of the day to clear the remaining two tickets for Northamptonshire.

Henry caught Richard Gleeson with Ivan Thomas in the square leg to finish 49th in ninth place to give Henry the best figures of his career with 7 of 42. Thomas then took advantage of the tickets in the next game of Henry, running out of Hutton with a straight square-leg hit, allowed Henry to walk with the match ball.

source:- espncricinfo.com

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