Play at a premium on day two at Leicester
Play at a premium on day two at Leicester

Only 6.3 overs of play were possible on day two of Kent’s Championship game away against Leicestershire at the Fischer County Ground.

Kent Cricket County Championship Squad 2016

First rain and then bad light meant that there was precious little action for the spectators on day two of this Division Two encounter. The weather is becoming all-too-common a foe for Kent this season, with the entirety of the first scheduled Specsavers County Championship fixture away against Worcestershire ruled out by the elements.

Six runs were added in the 39 balls that were possible, with Kent moving from an overnight position of 227/7 to 233/8, losing Matt Coles for 1 in the process as he edged a Clint McKay delivery behind to Niall O’Brien.

Two-and-a-half overs were bowled in the morning prior to the rain beginning – the spell in which Coles fell – with the rest of the play coming in a short afternoon period before bad light once again brought the players from the field, with the umpires calling stumps for the day shortly before 5pm.

Both sides will reconvene for day three tomorrow, where they will hope to push forward for a result, weather allowing.

Speaking about the state of the game, Kent wicket-keeper Adam Rouse, who made 38 on his County Championship debut yesterday, said: “It’s been a pretty frustrating day – even more so after not getting on at all at Worcester and obviously we then had a week off, so to come to this is a bit frustrating for the boys.

“There’s still a lot of optimism around the camp though – the boys are just eager to get out there and play cricket! We’re still very much in the game here, guys who can still score runs, and if we can get 300 that will be pretty good.”

Leicestershire director of elite performance Andrew MacDonald said a positive result was still perfectly possible.

“The forecast for the next couple of days is better, it’s a good cricket wicket with some carry to it, and we’re optimistic that if we can take the last couple of wickets quickly, and get in with the bat, we can start driving the game forward.”


Stumps, day two, Leicestershire v Kent at Leicester, Apr 24-27 2016:

Kent 233-8 (Bell-Drummond 124, Rouse 38; McKay 3-61) after two days play against Leicestershire


Kent: Bell-Drummond, Dickson, Denly, Northeast*, Stevens, Blake, Rouse†, Haggett, Coles, Claydon, Riley

Leicestershire: Horton, Robson, Dexter, Cosgrove*, O’Brien†, Pettini, White, Raine, McKay, Chappell, Shreck