Belt bags 100th wicket in last-over loss

Sunday 20th May 2018


Belt bags 100th wicket in last-over loss

Spinner Megan Belt claimed her 100th wicket for Kent in a dramatic last-over defeat against Hampshire at Andover in the Royal London One-Day County Championship.

The 20-year-old from Broadstairs claimed 2/19 off ten overs including the scalp of England T20 international Katie George, caught Phoebe Franklin for the milestone.

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Former captain Charlotte Edwards hit the winning runs with four balls to spare after teenage opener Charlie Dean’s 75 in a chase of 150.

Stand-in skipper Alice Davidson-Richards and former England U19 star Grace Gibbs took two wickets apiece before the veteran batsman hit the winning runs.

Facing the former England skipper for the first time since her departure, the seven-time champions batted first after the visitors won the toss.

Phoebe Franklin, promoted as a pinch-hitting opener, smashed 29 off 28 balls in a handy 53-run opening stand with teenager Chelsey Rowson (16) in her first innings at the top of the order.

England Academy players past and present Alice Davidson-Richards and Izzy Cloke fell in quick succession before Kent rebuilt with gritty contributions by Grace Gibbs (17), Arlene Kelly (30) and Lauren Griffiths (21) to frustrate the Hampshire attack.

George picked up 2/31 before Providence Cowdrill’s 3/13 off 6.4 overs restricted the visitors to 148 all out.

In reply, Gibbs struck early to leave the hosts languishing on 16-2 with 17-year-old Charlie Dean (75) playing the anchor role despite losing partners regularly as Belt struck twice to pass 100 wickets for her native county.

Davidson-Richards took a wicket and claimed a run-out as she rotated the attack to restrict the flow of runs.

Stands of 35 with Emily Windsor (15) and 53 with Charlotte Edwards (25*) set up a nervy finish as Dean holed out off the last ball of the penultimate over.

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Division One Results:
Kent 148ao lost to Hants 150/7
Yorks 226/7 bt Lancs 214/9
Warks 160ao tied with Notts 160/7
Middx 212/9 bt Somerset 149ao

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