Rain halted progress at Canterbury after only 11.4 overs on day two of Kent’s Specsavers County Championship clash with division two rivals Sussex.

Resuming on their overnight score of 69-4 and in response to Kent’s first innings of 215, Sussex lost one wicket in the shortened morning session while taking their reply on to 110-5.

Kent made their first breakthrough of the day after 12 minutes and, once again, it was the in-form Matt Henry who landed the blow in breaking a fifth-wicket stand between Ben Brown and Luke Wright that added 57 in 14.1 overs for Sussex.

Bowling a slippery, full length to attract the drive against a moving ball, Henry drew one uppish slash from Wright that went to the ropes at extra cover. But Wright (35) prodded hesitantly at Henry’s next delivery only to steer a comfortable catch to Heino Kuhn at second slip.

In fading light and with the floodlights on, Burgess joined forces with Brown to ease the Sussex total into three figures with Burgess taking three boundaries off a Harry Podmore over.

Rain arrived after 47 minutes, four balls into Henry’s 14th over of the game sending the players in with Sussex still 105 runs behind overall.