LV=County Championship: Lancashire take charge
Simon Katich, Karl Brown and Ashwell Prince all made half-centuries as Lancashire closed on 356-5 against Kent.
Last Updated: 27/04/13 5:30pm
Kent dropped four catches and just three wickets fell all day as the hosts assumed control.
Katich ended the day 93 not out after sharing an unbeaten sixth-wicket stand of 138 with Steven Croft, who is 47 not out. And in doing so, the former Australian Test batsman passed 20,000 first-class runs.
With national selector Geoff Miller watching on, James Anderson staked a claim to win back his job as nightwatchman for England from Steve Finn by playing his part in a 62-run stand with Brown in the morning session.
The England bowler brought up their 50 partnership with a straight drive for four off Mark Davies but he eventually fell for 26 when he was trapped lbw by Charlie Shreck just 11 short of his highest first-class score.
Brown, who has not scored a first-class century since April 2011, could not fully capitalise, on his 'life', as he was bowled after shouldering arms to a delivery from Shreck on 87, bringing to an end his 93-run stand with Prince.
The South African made his second successive half-century but he too failed to convert when he was given out lbw to Stevens for 58 - although he looked far from happy with the decision.
Katich and Croft upped the run-rate in the final session as Lancashire looked to build a big enough lead to force a result during day four.
And just after Katich had reached his fifty off 77 balls, Mike Powell spurned a chance to get rid of him as he failed to hang on to a skied shot off Tredwell.