County Championship: Zak Crawley hits 84 as Kent draw at Northants

Zak Crawley

Zak Crawley has scored 302 runs in 10 innings this season
LV= County Championship Division One, County Ground, Northampton (day four)
Kent 519-9 dec & 170-1: Crawley 84, Compton 68*
Northamptonshire 430: Procter 76; Quinn 3-82
Northamptonshire (12 pts) drew with Kent (13 pts)
Match scorecard

England opener Zak Crawley played himself into form with a second-innings 84 as Kent drew with Northamptonshire.

While the intensity and pace of the bowling did not match what Crawley can expect to face in the first Test against New Zealand at Lord’s next month, his runs will still be welcome news for the new England management.

With little riding on the day as the County Championship match drifted towards a draw, Crawley settled for some time in the middle, sharing a 149-run opening stand with Ben Compton.

He struck the ball cleanly and crisply and accumulated seven boundaries and a six on his way to 84.

It followed his first-innings 62 and marks a return to form for the opener after a string of low…