Hampshire closing in on Kent victory

Michael Carberry. Picture: Neil Marshall
Michael Carberry. Picture: Neil Marshall
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HAMPSHIRE are well on course to record a win over promotion rivals Kent going into the final day of their County Championship encounter.

Having set their hosts a mammoth victory target of 501 runs, Hampshire dodged the rain showers to reduce Kent to 95 for two after 33 overs of their second innings.

The third day began with Hampshire resuming on their overnight second innings score of 57 without loss.

The visitors continued to hammer home their advantage through former Kent batsman Michael Carberry (81) and skipper Jimmy Adams (97).

The two left-handers added a further 122, before early lunch was taken with Hampshire on 136.

Will Smith and James Vince accelerated the run-rate with a brisk 37-run stand, before a second downpour forced the players off with Hampshire 422 runs ahead.

After the resumption, Hampshire lost three quick wickets, all to the rookie left-arm wrist spin of Fabian Cowdrey.

Adams finally declared on 311 for five to leave Kent with a mountain to climb.

Kent need a further 406 runs with eight wickets remaining to secure a win.