Yorkshire look like facing another run-chase to make it three LV=County Champ-ionship wins in a row at Kent, but unlike the games against Warwickshire and Somerset they will not be favourites to succeed in this one.

It is after their hosts dominated day three at Canterbury to lead by 361 runs at the close of play, with a declaration expected either tonight or early tomorrow.

“We struggled a bit and did not bowl well enough”, admitted director of cricket Martyn Moxon.

The fact Yorkshire face such a tough objective, in a game which for the most part has been nip-and-tuck, is down to the last session and a half, when their attack failed to fire against industrious opponents.

James Hockley led them with a career-best knock of 82, but credit should also go to Martin Van Jaarsveld, who made 78, and new England Test spinner James Tredwell, who was unbeaten on 65 at the close.

Between them the trio put on 204 for the sixth and seventh wickets and that ultimately could be the difference between winning this match and losing it for Yorkshire.

It was all a far cry from earlier on in the afternoon session when, just five overs after lunch, David Wain-wright completed a quick-fire triple strike for the Tykes to remove Darren Stevens for five and leave Kent on 116 for five.

At that stage Kent’s lead looked precarious at just 150 but it brought van Jaarsveld and Hockley together at the crease and the impressive response from the hosts began.

By the close they had reached 327 for seven to make sure Rob Key’s men are huge favourites to win this game.

When they do set Yorkshire a target tomorrow, plenty of that White Rose grit will be needed to salvage a result.