Jon Culley at Notts v Kent 265-9
Kent have to be applauded for a grand effort to salvage a draw from a seemingly hopeless situation. Still 24 behind when their sixth wicket fell yesterday and with Darren Stevens forced to leave the field concussed, they have battled hard in the unremitting gloom here to get themselves 74 in front, although they are now effectively all out. Adam Milne’s 51 on debut propelled a 79-run partnership spanning 29 overs for the eighth wicket before the Kiwi finally nicked one from Luke Fletcher through to keeper Chris Read. From Notts’ point of view, the pink ball has been literally to be a damp squib, with not much help even from the new one in the misty atmosphere. With the old one, Fletcher was frustrated when Brendan Taylor at third slip put down Adam Rouse on 21 with the total 229-7. Meanwhile, a second batsman has taken one on the helmet, requiring a pause in proceedings. Happily, the man concerned, Mitch Claydon, seemed none the worse for it. Rouse is just out, caught on the fence by Samit Patel attempting a second consecutive six off Steven Mullaney. At 12 minutes to six on the final day, Kent would normally be congratulating themselves on a job well done. Unfortunately, there are still 46 overs left.