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Joseph haul leaves Kent in charge

COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP Division One, Canterbury, day two (close):
Kent 283 & 145-1 v Lancashire 125

Kent finished day two in a commanding position with a lead of 303 at 125-1 against Lancashire at Canterbury.

Geraint Jones resumed on 80 and posted his first century of the season as the home side added 42 with their final three wickets in a total of 283.

Robbie Joseph bowled Paul Horton with the first ball of the Lancashire reply and took 5-34, Glenn Chapple making 44 to help the visitors to muster 125.

Joe Denly struck 63 and Neil Dexter hit 10 fours in 69 as Kent pressed on.

Jones was the last wicket to fall in the Kent first innings, having struck two fours in an over from Sajid Mahmood.

It was his seventh first-class century and he fell two short of his highest score of 108 not out.

In-form paceman Joseph quickly set about the Lancashire batsmen, Horton inside edging onto his middle stump for a diamond duck.

In his next over Joseph had Mal Loye caught at first slip, and 10 minutes before lunch, Amjad Khan trapped Mark Chilton to make it 6-3.

By the fifth over of the afternoon session Joseph had struck again, Darren Stevens pouching Francois Du Plessis at third slip.

Luke Sutton was another Joseph victim, caught at first slip for four, and when the fast bowler trapped Steven Croft lbw it was 37-6 and he had taken 5-19.

After a rain break, Lancashire skipper Stuart Law came in at number eight to bat with a runner, and after another rain delay he was the first of two wickets in consecutive overs for Martin Saggers.

Sajid Mahmood hit some lusty blows in a final wicket stand of 46 in 28 balls, the highest of the innings, before he was caught at slip to give Saggers a third wicket.

see also
Gritty Jones fights back for Kent
20 Aug 08 |  Counties

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