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Latham back in the runs in England

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 29/06/2016

Black Caps opener Tom Latham has hit his first fifty in English county cricket since May to earn his Kent side a draw against Derbyshire.

A lifeless pitch and two injury-hit bowling attacks provided all the ingredients for a high-scoring draw in Canterbury.

After Derbyshire's mammoth first innings total of 574-9 declared had helped the visitors to secure a 195-run first-innings lead, Kent set out their stall to bat out the final three-and-a-half sessions of the match for their sixth draw of the summer.

Their resistance was mainly due to dogged half-centuries from Latham (74) and Joe Denly (64), as well as a sprightlier 47-ball fifty by Sam Northeast.

Latham's last score of note was 90 against Gloucestershire at Canterbury on May 8.

Drizzle forced the umpires to abandon the contest at 4pm but by then Kent had wiped out the Derbyshire lead and, at 238-3, had edged 43 runs ahead.

For Derbyshire, former Black Cap Hamish Rutherford scored 65 in his side's only innings.

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