BRENDAN Nash scored his maiden LV= County Championship century to put Kent firmly in command of their clash with second division rivals Yorkshire at Canterbury.
The diminutive left-hander was unbeaten on 114 at stumps on day two with his side sitting pretty on 316 for six for a useful 69-run lead at the midway point of the match.
Nash, the only player in the game to date to pass 50, featured in stands worth 77 with Geraint Jones, then an unbroken 81 for the seventh wicket with James Tredwell (28 not out).
Resuming on their overnight score of four without loss after just one over, Kent set about laying solid foundations through their makeshift opening pair of Sam Northeast and Scott Newman.
Newman, on loan for a month from Middlesex, proved the aggressor by contributing 31 to their partnership of 35, allowing Northeast, a late replacement in the match for injured skipper Rob Key, to drop anchor.
n England selectors have named Jonny Bairstow and Sheffield’s Joe Root in a 12-man Lions squad to face West Indies in a four-day fixture at Northampton commencing Thursday May 10.