Kent 212 & 99-3 Durham 321: Wiseman's three wickets keep Durham in touch with title

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Durham kept themselves in the County Championship title race by claiming three second-innings wickets against Kent. The home side were on 99 for 3, having conceded a first-innings lead of 109 as Durham managed 321 all out.

Kent started solidly with Robert Key and Joe Denly putting on 67, playing freely against the pace bowlers. But the introduction of the off-spinner Paul Wiseman proved effective as he took three wickets for six runs in a 13-ball spell.

Key, on 33, was the first to go, attempting a sweep and caught by wicket-keeper Phil Mustard. A run later he had Denly lbw and in his next over Matthew Walker's cut went into the hands of Michael di Venuto at slip to reduce them to 80 for 3.

When bad light brought an end to the day, Martin van Jaarsveld was on 14 and Neil Dexter on 3 with the balance appearing to tilt in Durham's favour.

Earlier Durham had resumed on 126 for 4. Dale Benkenstein and Ottis Gibson added 64 with the former, on 22 overnight, bringing up his third Championship century of the season having faced 166 balls.

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