Billings leads Second XI in T20 thriller

Billings leads Second XI in T20 thriller

In a thrilling, tense, last ball finish, to their opening Second XI T20 of the season, Kent Second XI lost by just two runs, to Surrey Second XI in the game at Polo Farm, Canterbury.

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Kent needed three runs off the last delivery of the match, to reach their winning target of 198 from their 20 overs, but finished on 195 for 7, with Surrey bowler Majid, producing a dot ball, which Hamidullah Qadri could not score from.

The eventful last over by the Surrey bowler, saw Gareth Severin run out, Qadri hitting a six, and there was also a wide, before that spot on last delivery, to thwart Kent’s victory challenge.

Surrey Seconds scored 197 for 8, from their 20 overs, their innings centred round a brilliant century from Laurie Evans, 116 off just 65 deliveries, with seven fours and eight sixes, which included some powerful hitting. Ben Geddes was the next top scorer with 23 runs. Trialist George O’Connor took 3 for 44 for Kent, Jas Singh 2 for 35. Kent’s T20 captain, Sam Billings, who skippered the Second team in this match, took three catches.

When Kent batted, Billings scored 64, with five fours and a similar number of sixes, reaching his half century off just 21 deliveries. Academy scholar Olly Curtiss scored 33, and trialist George Maddy 29, Joe Taylor 2 for 35, Connor McKerr 2 for 45. But Majid kept his nerve in the last over bowled to deny the home side.

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Kent Second XI’s next match in the competition is on Bank Holiday Monday, May 27, when Middlesex Seconds, will be visitors to Polo Farm, the match starting at 2pm. Members and supporters have free entry.

By Peter Burrowes

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