CricInfo Championship: Northamptonshire v Kent at Northampton, 8-11 Aug 2001
Robin Reid

Northamptonshire 1st innings: Lunch - Day 2, Stumps - Day 2,
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Rain allowed only 55 minutes’ play on the second day of the Division One contest between Northamptonshire and Kent at Wantage Road.

The hosts progressed from 228-4 overnight to 277-5, losing the wicket of Tony Penberthy (77) in adding 49 runs.

An overnight deluge ruled out any cricket until 12.30pm, and in the third over of the day Ben Trott had Penberthy caught behind without adding to his Wednesday night score. The Cornishman had struck 15 fours in his three-hour stay.

Graeme Swann and Toby Bailey – unbeaten on 28 and 20 respectively – secured a second batting bonus point for Northants, and guided their side to 269-5 at lunch.

Only three more overs were bowled after the break when more rain drove the players from the field and prompted an early tea.

Umpires Peter Willey and George Sharp planned to inspect the conditions at 4pm, but by that stage the skies were darkening again and they decided that nothing more could be done.


Paceman Ben Trott struck an important blow for Kent after heavy overnight rain held up the start of the second day’s play in their Division One contest with Northamptonshire at Wantage Road.

No cricket was possible until 12.30pm and Northants, who resumed on 228-4, soon lost the key wicket of Tony Penberthy. He failed to add to his overnight 77 before edging a drive at Trott to wicket-keeper Paul Nixon.

Graeme Swann joined Toby Bailey at 230-5 and with the former taking two boundaries in an over off Matthew Fleming Northants soon had their second batting bonus point in the bag.

Bailey joined in with a well-controlled hook to the fence off Trott, and the hosts reached lunch on 269-5 from 75 overs – but with the skies darkening ominously once again.

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