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Coles and Tredwell century stand not enough for Spitfires

Wednesday 15th June 2016

Men’s First Team

Matt Coles and James Tredwell’s century stand fired Kent Spitfires to a competitive total before Ravi Bopara and Ryan ten Doeschate guided Essex Eagles to victory in the Royal London One-Day Cup.

The hosts invited Kent to bat after winning the toss and Essex seamer Matt Quinn made early in-roads, bowling Kent’s top three despite Daniel Bell-Drummond and Joe Denly (28 each) and Sam Northeast getting starts in tricky conditions.

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Bell-Drummond showed intent by driving David Masters’s first ball of the game straight for four, and leant into a second boundary through the covers later in the over.

Joe Denly bounced down the wicket to drive Ashar Zaidi straight and bring up the 50, but when Matt Quinn switched to the Hayes Close End, Denly was beaten by movement off the pitch and was bowled for 28.

Bell-Drummond had been becalmed after his early onslaught and departed in the 18th over for 28 when he played on to Quinn. And Quinn had his third wicket in his next over when he nipped one back to send Sam Northeast’s middle-stump cartwheeling.

Zaidi’s first ball of his second spell accounted for Fabian Cowdrey, who chased a wide ball down legside and was stumped after managing just four runs from 22 balls.

Sam Billings fell four balls later in similar fashion. Zaidi’s delivery was so wide of off-stump it barely pitched on the cut strip, Billings fell and lost his bat in trying to reach back into the crease and James Foster removed the bails.

When Zaidi did bowl straight, Darren Stevens twice sent the ball soaring over the T.N. Pearce Stand towards the River Can for sixes.

Alex Blake was sixth man out when he looked for a quick single as he pushed Zaidi to Jesse Ryder at square leg, only to slip as he tried to get back. Stevens went next as he tried for a third six off Zaidi, but was well-held on the midwicket boundary by Nick Browne. At 135 for seven, Kent looked in trouble.

That Essex had a sufficiently challenging total to chase was largely down to Coles and an eighth-wicket partnership of 140 in 14.2 overs with Tredwell, making his 250th List A appearance.

Coles savaged the Essex attack, bludgeoning 91 off 52 balls with 10 fours and five sixes after Kent, put in, had looked in serious trouble at 135 for seven.

But Coles and Tredwell turned the visitors’ innings around and added fifty in 7.1 overs, with Coles hitting both Ryan ten Doeschate and Ravi Bopara straight for six.

Bopara was particularly savaged, going for 35 off two overs before Coles reached his own half-century off 40 balls when he drove Quinn through the covers for two.

Coles brought up the century partnership in exactly 12 overs with an uppish sweep off Bopara for four and then hoisted his third straight six next ball.

Ten Doeschate was hit for successive sixes – over mid-off and midwicket – followed by a four before Coles was bowled going for another heave to depart for 91.

Tredwell had been the quieter partner in the partnership and finished 47 not out off 42 balls with six fours.

In reply, Essex lost Tom Westley in the fifth over when he got a leading edge to steer Stevens to Denly at mid-off before Browne and Ryder settled into a largely serene spell.

Browne punished Stevens with a lob over the infield for four followed immediately by a six to long leg. The fifty partnership came up in 9.2 overs with Ryder slamming a full-toss from Ivan Thomas through midwicket for four followed by another uppishly through the covers.

Ryder reached his individual fifty from 61 balls with a single off Tredwell, but popped the next delivery he faced into Stevens’s hands at backward point. He had helped put on 82 in 17.2 overs for the second wicket.

Browne went in Tredwell’s next over, victim of a smart stumping by Billings for 49 from 60 balls.

Tredwell, though, was punished by 18-year-old Dan Lawrence hoisted two successive straight sixes as he and Bopara clocked up a fifty-run partnership in 9.3 overs.

Lawrence eventually went on 35, caught at deep extra cover by a tumbling Thomas off Cowdrey to end a 64-run partnership.

Bopara reached a pain-staking 50 off 64 balls with a solitary, straight-driven off Cowdrey early on. There were ironic cheers when he hit his second boundary, driving Coles through midwicket to move from 52 to 56.

The fifth-wicket had just put on a century in 12 overs when ten Doeschate, attempting to win the game with one hit, holed out to Cowdrey on the extra cover boundary for 45.

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