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Lancashire ponder early declaration against Kent

CLOSE OF PLAY, DAY THREE: Lancashire 320 & 177-3, Kent 213
Lancashire 6 pts, Kent 4 pts
Match scorecard

Glen Chapple
Chapple saw a rain-shorted day at Old Trafford

Lancashire captain Glen Chapple will consider an overnight declaration after a rain-shortened day at Old Trafford.

The home team lead by 284 with seven wickets in hand, but the forecast for the final day is poor.

The morning session saw Ashwell Prince and Mark Chilton dominate the Kent attack, adding 109 in 27 overs.

Kent did not help themselves by dropping three chances as Prince went to his 50 off 69 balls. Chilton reached his own half-century off 99 deliveries.

James Hockley spilled a regulation catch at third slip off Chilton in Amjad Khan's first over of the day and Darren Stevens dropped a low catch off Prince when the South African was on 50, Simon Cook being the unfortunate bowler.

Makhaya Ntini then dropped an easy catch at long leg when Chilton top edged a hook off Matt Coles ten minutes before lunch.

In between those errors, Chilton and Prince batted with authority, scoring their runs at a brisk rate.

Prince was savage on any loose deliveries from Khan, who went into lunch with figures of one for 67 from his 11 overs.

If he goes on to three figures he will be the first Lancashire batsman to score a century in each innings of a match since John Crawley against Glamorgan at Colwyn Bay in 1998, but Chapple may not give him the chance.

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see also
Stevens ton holds up Lancashire
28 Apr 10 |  Counties
Ntini upstaged by Prince century
27 Apr 10 |  Counties
Kent sign Ntini on five-week deal
23 Apr 10 |  Kent

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