Phillips' patience frustrates Lancashire

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The Kent paceman Ben Phillips scored his maiden County Championship century to frustrate Lancashire at Old Trafford yesterday, hitting nine fours in a patient innings that lasted 209 balls, after coming in at No 7 when Kent were 135 for 5.

He shared lower-order stands with frontline batsman Alan Wells (65), then Paul Strang (43) and captain Steve Marsh (24) continued the habit of providing runs from unlikely quarters for Kent this season.

The visitors were finally bowled out for 373, with Phillips still unbeaten on 100. Kent then continued their progress by reducing Lancashire to 113 for 5 at close, the home side losing England captain Mike Atherton for just five.

Lancashire announced yesterday that they are to face their Roses rivals, Yorkshire, in a floodlit match with a difference at Old Trafford.

The game, which will start at 3.30pm and finish at around 11.15pm on 21 July, will be played over 50 overs - but the two sides will bat for 25 overs at a time. Players will wear coloured clothing and will be accompanied by rock music when they walk out to bat.

Lancashire are expecting a crowd of over 10,000 for the game, which has prize money of pounds 10,000.

Pakistan edged past New Zealand yesterday with a 16-run victory to reach the final of the three-nation one-day tournament being played in the southern Indian city of Hyderabad.

Pakistan lost key batsmen Saeed Anwar, Shahid Afridi, Rameez Raja and Saleem Malik early in the game, but Moin Khan's brilliant 103 off 87 balls and Inzamam ul-Haq's 79 off 72 helped them to score a comfortable 306 for seven.

New Zealand lost three wickets in the first two overs to Azhar Mehmood's accurate bowling, but Mark Greatbatch led the Kiwi fightback with 102 off 106 balls. However, New Zealand were all out for 290 in 48 overs.

India and Pakistan, who have both won a match each against New Zealand, will play the last round-robin league match and then meet in Monday's final.

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