Spirited effort from Kent ensures a thrilling draw against Durham

Sam Northeast scored a century and a fifty for Kent in the game
Sam Northeast scored a century and a fifty for Kent in the game

Durham 448 & 271-6 dec (Clark 83) v
Kent 236 & 343-9 (Northeast 72)
Match Drawn
County Championship Division Two, Canterbury

Kent showed tremendous fight on the last day including the final pair that lasted 46 deliveries as they managed a hard fought draw against Durham on the final day of the County Championship Division Two clash in Canterbury.

Kent resumed their final innings at 35 for naught, needing an improbable target of 484 runs to win. Barry McCarthy (1-105), who had a brilliant first innings provided the initial breakthrough dismissing Daniel Bell-Drummond (17).

Sean Dickson (46), Joe Deny (45) and Sam Northeast (72) and Joe Weatherley (30) showed valiant fightback but they were put in a spot of bother when they lost five wickets in a span of 80 runs and were restricted to 193 for six.

However, the lower order showed a lot of resilience as Adam Rouse (23) and Matt Coles (30) further extended Kent's resistance.

With 46 deliveries left for Durham to claim the final wicket, the last wicket pair of Yasir Shah (39 not out) and Mitchell Claydon (21 not out) ensured they played out the remaining overs as the game ended in a draw. Yasir played out a total of 55 deliveries while Claydon managed 21 deliveries.

The win has given Durham 12 points while Kent managed eight points for the spirited fightback.

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