Liam Dawson, Joe Weatherley, James Fuller 1950s extend Hampshire’s advantage

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knows 95 and 66 for 0 (Crawley 35*, Compton 30*) trail Hampshire 373 (Dawson 84, Weatherley 58, Fuller 51) by 212 runs

Kent continued to fight for a draw after three days of their LV=Insurance County Championship match with Hampshire at Canterbury.

The hosts are 66 without a loss in their second innings, trailing 212, with Zak Crawley unbeaten on 35 and Ben Compton 30 not out.

Kent had started well, with Wes Agar taking three early wickets to help reduce Hampshire to 159 for 5, but after a torrid opening session, the visitors started after lunch to take a 278-run lead.

After day two was reduced to just 6.1 overs, the weather finally improved on Saturday morning and Hampshire resumed 103 for nothing.

After being sacked just 95 times in their first innings, Kent came roaring back into the game, with Agar striking twice in the third overflow of the day.

Fletcha Middleton was first to act, moving behind for 48 and giving Jordan Cox his first red-ball dismissal as wicket-keeper. Agar then produced an absolute jaffa that sent Nick Gubbins’ off-stump cartwheel.

He then had Weatherley lbw, but was denied a fourth victim when Crawley dropped Ben Brown, though the batter didn’t give up and only added a single before being lbw to Grant Stewart for 10.

A far from grunting James Vince got lbw for 24 to Michael Hogan and Hampshire endured a spell of 7.4 overs without scoring. Ian Holland took 36 balls to get off target but when he did it was a classy cut from Joey Evison for four and he and Dawson survived to reach 189 for 5 at lunchtime.

From then on the visitors dominated and as the runs gathered momentum, the house’s desperation was summed up when an lbw appeal was turned down and a fan yelled “Come on you…” before realizing the whole ground had him could hear. Thinking better of cursing, he meekly added the word… “referee” to widespread laughter.

A potentially crucial 94 stand was ended in emphatic fashion as Evison spread Holland’s stumps for 41, but by then the momentum was fully with Hampshire.

It was 308 for 6 at tea and Dawson kept batting until he hollowed out to Hamid Qadri and was caught mid-wicket by Tawanda Muyeye.

Kyle Abbott was lbw to Evision for 2 before Fuller attempted to swipe a full toss from Qadri and was caught on the boundary by Muyeye.

When Keith Barker batted Evison for 25 to Muyeye, Kent was left with a dangerous 26 overs to survive to stumps.

Dawson set up a heavy chance to catch Ben Compton off Mohammad Abbas but the openers swung until the failing light forced Hampshire to put in their spinners for the last five overs and neither Dawson nor Weatherley could break through.

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