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Kent 113-7 v Northants
Kent are teetering on the brink of an innings defeat in Beckenham where Northamptonshire have the hosts on the rack on day three of their Specsavers County Championship clash.
Kent lost three wickets in the morning session to go in at lunch on 113 for seven.
Resuming on their parlous overnight score of 15 for four and needing 155 simply to make Northamptonshire bat again, Kent got off to a shaky start and had lost their skipper Sam Northeast within half an hour.
Aiming to drive through the off side, Northeast edged to keeper David Murphy to give Ben Sanderson his second wicket of the match.
Sam Billings, who drove from Manchester overnight having been 12th man for England’s T20I against Pakistan, came to the crease to partner night watchman Hardus Viljoen, who showed his abilities with the bat by hooking Sanderson for four soon after.
The pair added 84 inside 20 overs before Viljoen, on 63, aimed to cut a wide one from Steven Crook but only succeeded in edging to Ben Duckett at slip.
Then, on the stroke of luck Billings (39), in trying to withdraw the bat against Crook chopped on to the base of off stump with his side still 41 behind in the game.