Lunch Report: Kent 350-8 dec; Sussex 142-5 (50 overs)

Lunch on the final day of four
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A glorious day at last, but there was a chill wind blowing through the Sussex camp in the morning session when they lost a further four wickets in their quest for batting bonus points.

A draw had been the only obvious target for both teams in a match that has lost 169 overs, or the best part of two days, to the weather.

Kent’s declaration yesterday meant that defending champions Sussex had been denied a third bowling point, so the onus was on the batsmen to salvage as many as they could on this final day.

They began well enough, with nightwatchman Ragheb Aga proving to be quite able with the bat as he held up the Kent attack for 32 more minutes this morning.

He was eventually out cutting Ryan McLaren, but he had done his stuff, adding 26 with Michael Yardy for the second wicket.

There then followed 11 trouble-free overs as Chris Adams and Yardy started knocking the ball around as they added 43 together, Adams driving off-spinner James Tredwell over the long-on boundary for six and then reverse sweeping the same bowler.

But the introduction of Robbie Joseph to the attack sparked a mini collapse with three Sussex wickets falling in the space of five overs. Adams followed a Joseph delivery and nicked it to second slip where Tredwell took the catch.

Four overs later Yardy was trapped in front by the same bowler, who looks to be generating a deal more pace than last season, and the left-handed batsman departed after more than three hours occupation of the crease.

In the very next over Tredwell then bowled Matt Prior, with Sussex still 65 runs away from avoiding the follow-on. But Murray Goodwin and Carl Hopkinson managed to hold things together to the interval, in the process taking Sussex six runs closer to their initial target of 201 to save the follow-on.