LV County Championship - Division One
Scarborough - Day Four
Kent 227 (M van Jaarsveld 107, J L Denly 50) & 433 (N J Dexter 105, M van Jaarsveld 73, J L Denly 66, J C Tredwell 54, Naved-ul-Hasan 4-86) v Yorkshire 457 (J A Rudolph 146, A Lyth 68, A McGrath 52) & 175-9 (A Lyth 52)
Kent (7pts) drew with Yorkshire (12pts)
Kent missed out on the chance to go top in Division One of the LV County Championship after they failed to part Yorkshire's last-wicket pair.
Captain Darren Gough helped deny the visitors with 32 before he was caught by opposite number Rob Key off the bowling of Amjad Khan.
However, Matthew Hoggard and Deon Kruis stood firm in the closing overs, surviving 28 balls to get the hosts to safety as they closed on 175-9.
Yorkshire had been set 204 for victory at Scarborough but suffered an early blow in their run chase when former England skipper Michael Vaughan fell for a 14-ball duck.
Adam Lyth top-scored with 52 as the game ended in a dramatic draw that helps neither team in their current positions at the top and bottom of the table.
Kent, who now sit nine points back of current leaders Nottinghamshire, had been indebted to their lower order for getting their second innings total up to 433.
Although Martin van Jaarsveld could add only 12 runs to his overnight total James Tredwell led the way with 52. Rana Naved-ul-Hasan finished as the pick of Yorkshire's bowlers with 4-86.
Neil Dexter struck a century for Kent but three late wickets for Rana Naved-ul-Hasan put Yorkshire back in control of the crucial Division One contest at Scarborough.
The visitors, hoping for a victory to boost their title hopes, closed day three on 273-5, giving them a narrow lead of just 43.
They had been set to be in a much stronger position when they were cruising along at 262-2 in reply to the Tykes' massive first innings total of 457.
However Rana ruined Kent's hopes of setting a big target when he bowled Dexter, who had been loaned out to Essex earlier in the summer, for 105.
Just six runs later the Pakistan international yorked nightwatchman Martin Saggers and then managed to get Darren Stevens caught at short leg with the score still stuck on 268.
Martin van Jaarsveld survived the sudden onslaught to end the day unbeaten on 61. Joe Denly had earlier made 66 , his second half century of the contest.
Jacques Rudolph became the second centurion of the match as his powerful 146 on day two gave Yorkshire a lead of 182 with three first-innings wickets still in tact.
Unfazed by the loss of openers Andrew Gale and Michael Vaughan on the opening day, Rudolph led the way superbly as he and Anthony McGrath added 176 for the third wicket.
McGrath made a patient 52 before he was caught behind by Geraint Jones off the bowling of Ryan McClaren.
Ashley Lyth then expertly maintained the home side's momentum as Yorkshire began building a daunting first-innings lead by the seaside.
Rudolph's superb 146 was brought to an end by the impressive Robbie Joseph when he was clean bowled to give the Kent paceman his third wicket of the match.
Gloveman Gerard Brophy (14) and Lyth (68) perished to give the visitors some brief afternoon joy, however Adil Rashid (43 not out) inflicted more agony on Rob Key's men as he and skipper Darren Gough (12no) return to the middle on Friday.
Michael Vaughan was unable to mark his first match since resigning from the England captaincy with a big score as wickets tumbled on day one at Scarborough.
The right-hander, who still harbours hopes of an international return, managed to make just 10 as Yorkshire closed on 85-2 in reply to Kent's total of 227.
Martin van Jaarsveld had once again been the star turn for the visitors, hitting his fourth century of the summer as he went past 1,000 runs for the 2008 campaign.
His faultless knock of 107 was even more impressive considering only one other Kent batsman made it into double figures.
Joe Denly struck 50 from just 65 balls but Yorkshire's pace bowlers kept their opponents in check, Matthew Hoggard, Darren Gough and Deon Kruis all picking up two wickets apiece.
Having claimed maximum bowling points the home side suffered a double blow at the start of their innings when Vaughan and opening partner Andrew Gale were both dismissed for 10 by Robbie Joseph.
However, McGrath - who had trapped van Jaarsveld leg before to wrap up Kent's innings - and Jacques Rudolph steadied the ship with an unbroken third-wicket stand of 51.