County - Stevens stars in Kent draw

Darren Stevens extended his purple patch with a second century of the summer that helped steer Kent to a tame draw with fellow LV= County Championship Division Two strugglers Glamorgan.

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A century for Darren Stevens helped Kent to a draw

On an easing Canterbury pitch Stevens made hay to post a 134-ball ton with 17 fours and a brace of sixes to help the hosts bat through the final day and stave off a Glamorgan win, with the sides shaking hands on the draw at 4.50pm.

Following on and in deep trouble on their overnight total of 254 for four - a slender match lead of 11 - Stevens joined forces with Ben Harmison to add 163 for the fifth wicket, frustrating the visitors for much of the opening session.

Stevens, the former Leicestershire batsman, cantered to 50 off 73 balls with eight fours, while Harmison, who joined Kent from Durham last year, took a little while longer to reach the landmark from 90 deliveries.

Their partnership was ended by a spectacular piece of fielding by Michael Hogan. After a Stevens push drive to deep extra cover, Harmison turned for a second run only to be run out for a Kent-best 64 by a direct hit to the non-striker's end.

Stevens and Geraint Jones added 44 during which the former reached a deserved hundred at an impressive strike rate of 82.16 per 100 balls faced. His fun ended, as did any hopes of a Kent declaration, when he missed an attempted sweep against Dean Cosker to be bowled around his legs for 119. Stevens did, however, leave to an ovation.

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