Championship contenders frustrated

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Kent 445 & 245 Derbyshire 292 & 162-5 Match drawn

Frustration was the name of the game for Kent yesterday. With a victory and maximum points beckoning if they could capture the last five Derbyshire wickets, they were restricted to a mere 11 overs and what had been a highly entertaining game was abandoned as a watery draw.

But even the 55 minutes that it took Kent to bowl those overs were crammed with incident with Martin McCague first damaging the helmet of the nightwatchman with a short-pitched delivery and then collecting a warning for bowling - accidentally - a beamer next ball.

If Harris was disconcerted by the first ball, he was visibly shaken by the second which whistled past his nose very rapidly. He needed some time to compose himself, but McCague, who had been warned earlier in the innings for bowling two bouncers in one over, was quick to apologise.