Blake lights up Bristol draw

Kent and Gloucestershire chase bonus points on final day

Last updated: 18th August 2012  

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Rain ruined the first three days of action at Bristol

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Gloucestershire and Kent each picked up six points from their rain-affected draw in Division Two of the County Championship.

Only 11.2 overs had been possible on the opening three days but the sun finally came out in Bristol on the final day.

Kent advanced their first innings from an overnight 29-1 to a declaration at 300-9 immediately after the third batting bonus point had been collected.

Alex Blake top scored with 73 and received support from middle-order colleagues Brendan Nash (46), Darren Stevens (45) and Geraint Jones (65no), while Gloucestershire seamer Will Gidman claimed 3-75.

Gloucestershire declared their first innings at 1-0 to bring an end to proceedings after opener Rob Nicol had taken a single from the first delivery.

Day Three

Gloucestershire and Kent each picked up six points from their rain-affected draw at Bristol.

Only 11.2 overs had been possible on the opening three days but the sun finally came out in Bristol on the final day.

Kent advanced their first innings from an overnight 29-1 to a declaration at 300-9 immediately after the third batting bonus point had been collected.

Alex Blake top scored with 73 and received support from middle-order colleagues Brendan Nash (46), Darren Stevens (45) and Geraint Jones (65no), while Gloucestershire seamer Will Gidman claimed 3-75.

Gloucestershire declared their first innings at 1-0 to bring an end to proceedings after opener Rob Nicol had taken a single from the first delivery.

Day Three

More bad weather meant that no play was possible on the third day of the LV= County Championship Division Two match between Gloucestershire and Kent at Bristol.

The contest had already been ruined by rain before day three, with just 11.2 overs of action possible over the first two days.

More heavy rain fell throughout the morning and umpires Martin Bodenham and Neil Bainton ruled out any prospect of play following a 4.15pm pitch inspection.

Day Two

Rain dominated proceedings for the second straight day at Bristol, with only 11.2 overs possible in the clash between Gloucestershire and Kent.

After the washout on day one, play got underway on time but the visitors, who had been put in to bat by Gloucestershire skipper Alex Gidman, had progressed to just 29-1 when the rain arrived again at 11.45am.

The lone breakthrough came when, with the score on 20, Rob Key attempted to pull a short ball from James Fuller and got a thin edge through to wicketkeeper Jon Batty to depart for nine.

Only nine more runs were added before the heavens opened, with the torrential downpour leaving the outfield resembling a lake and the umpires with no choice but to call off the action at 1.15pm.

Day One

Rain prevented any play on the opening day of the Division Two fixture between Gloucestershire and Kent at Bristol.

Heavy downpours during the morning continued after an early lunch was taken, leaving the outfield saturated.

Play was called off for the day in mid-afternoon.

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