Sami delivers best haul

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Mohammad Sami took 8 for 64 and then picked up two more wickets in the second innings to put Kent in command against Nottinghamshire in their County Championship First Division match at Maidstone yesterday.

The Pakistan fast bowler's career-best figures came as the visitors made only 156, leaving Kent 206 runs ahead before they rattled up 418 for 3 in the second innings. Robert Key responded to being discarded from England's one-day squad by scoring 140. Ed Smith, with 113, and Andrew Symonds, who was unbeaen on 103, also made hay. Then Sami took his match tally to 10 in reducing Nottinghamshire to 29 for 2 in a forlorn pursuit of 625 to win.

Virender Sehwag hit a century off just 92 balls as Leicestershire fought back against Middlesex at Southgate. However, a late slump saw 197 without loss become 221 for 3 at the close, still 399 adrift of the hosts' huge 620 for 7 declared. Ed Joyce made 102 and David Nash 103, while Paul Weekes chipped in with 75.