Kent frustrated by Canterbury weather
Kent frustrated by Canterbury weather

Just 19 overs of play were possible on day two of Kent vs Sussex because of a combination of bad light and a wet outfield.

Following heavy rain overnight, play didn’t get underway until well after lunch, with just a handful of overs possible. Kent added 53 runs to their overnight total of 69/5 for the loss of two wickets, with Harry Finch (24) and Harry Podmore (37) the men to go.

The hosts closed on 122/7 in their first innings with a depleted team due to COVID isolation, 59 runs behind Sussex’s 181 all out.

After several inspections before lunch, an early interval was taken at 12:30 ahead of a further examination at 13:00.

Two inspections later and a start time of 14:15 was given with 63 overs left in the day. Eventually, Kent resumed on 69/5 with Harry Finch (24) and Harry Podmore (three) at the crease.

Youngster Jamie Atkins started proceedings and was on the board off the third ball of the day, wrapping the last recognised batsman Harry Finch on the pads to send the former Sussex man on his way for 24 and pick up his fourth wicket of the innings. 

New man Hamidullah Qadri was off the mark with an edge through the slips for four, before Harry Podmore scored his first runs of the day with a neat cover drive for a boundary of his own.

Podmore was dropped in the slips off England’s Ollie Robinson with Kent 85/6, but he and Qadri managed to steer the hosts past 100 in the 29th over of the innings.

Podmore launched Jack Carson for six over the long-on boundary before the 50 partnership was up between he and Qadri, with Kent trailing by 63 with four wickets left.

Podmore was however caught behind for 37, before the players left the field for bad light with Kent 122/7, 59 runs behind Sussex’s first innings total.

Several covers were brought on after an early tea, and play was ended for the day just after 16:30.