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Crawley records new Test high score

Saturday 11th July 2020

Men’s First Team

Kent batsman Zak Crawley reached a new best score of 76 runs during England’s second innings on Day Four of the #raisethebat Test vs. West Indies at Southampton.

The right-hander from Sevenoaks joined Kent teammate Joe Denly in the middle with England at 113/2. This was the first time two Kent players batted at 3 & 4 in both innings for England in a Test match since Colin Cowdrey and Mike Denness featured against Australia at Adelaide during the 1974/5 Ashes series.

The pair put on 38 for their fourth-wicket stand before Denly departed for a score of 29, caught at mid-on by Jason Holder from the bowling of Roston Chase.

Crawley, who looked confident of his abilities at the highest level of the first-class game, completed his second 50 in as many Tests from 80 balls, with six fours, putting on a partnership of 98 runs with all-rounder Ben Stokes.

After the West Indies took the new ball, 22-year-old Crawley surpassed his previous best of 66 runs, set against South Africa in Johannesburg in January, before being dismissed by a well-taken caught and bowled from Alzarri Joseph for 76.

His 127-ball innings saw him find the boundary eight times.

Four key worker heroes from Kent were honoured by having their names displayed on the training shirts of the England Men’s Test team ahead of the start of the first #raisethebat Test against the West Indies.

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