LV County Championship - Division One
Canterbury - Day Four
Kent 283 (G O Jones 106) & 317-4 dec (J L Denly 118, N J Dexter 75, M van Jaarsveld 50) v Lancashire 125 (R H Joseph 5-34, M J Saggers 4-26) & 264 (M J Chilton 102, S J Croft 68)
Kent (19pts) beat Lancashire (3pts) by 211 runs
Kent moved into title contention in Division One of the County Championship after completing a 211-run victory over Lancashire at Canterbury.
Rob Key's men are up to fourth, only 13 points behind new leaders Somerset, after bowling their visitors out for 264 by early afternoon on the final day.
Lancashire had resumed on 161-4 and initially made Kent work hard for a wicket, as Mark Chilton and Luke Sutton occupied the crease until the 26th over of the day.
Chilton moved on from 69 to complete his first Championship century for more than a year, but Kent finally made a breakthrough 20 minutes before lunch, bringing about a collapse of four for 17 runs.
The slide began with Chilton overbalancing as he swept at off-spinner James Tredwell, to be astutely stumped by Geraint Jones. His 102 spanned four-and-a-half hours and ate up 229 balls.
Captain Stuart Law came out with a runner, but gave Tredwell a return catch without scoring, before Sutton edged to Martin van Jaarsveld at slip.
On the stroke of lunch, van Jaarsveld had Glen Chapple's drive held at mid-on - and at lunch the visitors were in big trouble on 142-8.
Twenty runs later, Gary Keedy became van Jaarsveld's third victim - bowled for four.
Dominic Cork struck a straight six and two fours before mistiming a shot off Tredwell to be caught by van Jaarsveld, running round from slip to backward
Kent therefore had the match wrapped up soon after lunch - pace bowler Robbie Joseph, Tredwell and van Jaarsveld each finishing with three second-innings wickets.
Lancashire are struggling at 161-4 in pursuit of a victory target of 476 after day three of their LV County Championship Division One fixture against Kent at Canterbury.
The Red Rose County looked set for an ignominious defeat after paceman Robbie Joseph (3-57) reduced them to 17-3 early in the run chase.
But a fourth-wicket alliance of 125 between Mark Chilton and Stephen Croft at least extended the match into its final day.
Croft was caught behind for 69 off Ryan McLaren's (1-24) bowling late in the day but Chilton remains unbetean on 69.
Earlier on day three, Kent extended their second innings from 145-1 to 317-4 declared.
Opening batsman Joe Denly contributed 118, his sixth first-class century, and there were also solid knocks from Neil Dexter (75) and Martin van Jaarsveld (50).
Kent have moved into a commanding position against Lancashire at Canterbury after reaching 145-1 in their second innings.
The home side had earlier bowled Lancashire out for just 125, with Robbie Joseph leading the way with 5-34.
Martin Saggers also contributed 4-26 as Kent established a first innings lead of 148 runs.
After losing Rob Key for four, Joe Denly and Neil Dexter produced a brilliant unbroken stand of 139.
Dexter will go into the third day on 69 from 121 balls with 10 fours, while his partner Denly has 63 from 126 balls, including seven boundaries.
Former England wicketkeeper Geraint Jones made a season's best 80 not out as Kent reached 241 for seven on day one against Lancashire.
Jones faced 151 balls and hit 10 fours, with his effort allowing Kent to reach respectability after at one stage stumbling to 105 for five.
Lancashire had dominated the opening session and reduced Kent to 61 for three at lunch, but a stand of 48 between Jones and Ryan McLaren took Kent to 153 at tea without further loss.
The partnership ended on 52 in the fourth over of the final session, as Sajid Mahmood yorked McLaren to end his innings of 23.
Jones brought up his half-century from 105 balls when he swept Gary Keedy for the seventh boundary of his innings and continued to pick up the runs, notably when he square-cut a delivery from Glenn Chapple to the boundary.
Dominic Cork and Steven Croft proved the pick of the Lancashire attack, with figures of two for 30 and two for 34 respectively.