Crawley & Weatherley hit centuries in friendly

Crawley & Weatherley hit centuries in friendly

Zak Crawley and Joe Weatherley hit centuries and a trio of academy scholars impressed in a high-scoring second XI friendly at The County Ground, Beckenham.

The batsmen, aged 19 and 20, shared a stand of 203 in reply to Leicestershire’s 457 on a good batting pitch.

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Academy left-armer Ollie Hills picked up 3/37 in 9.4 overs after five visiting batsmen passed 50.

Fellow scholar Jan Gray took 2/60 in 20 overs of leg spin including the scalp of former Kent all-rounder Neil Dexter and academy ‘keeper Jordan Cox claimed two catches.

Charlie Hartley and second XI regular Grant Stewart each struck twice with the latter removing both openers and conceding 50 runs in 27 overs. Skipper Adam Ball picked up the other wicket.

In reply, Crawley hit 16 fours on his way to three figures and Weatherley struck ten boundaries in his century to put Kent on top on day two of the four-day fixture.

Day three was mostly washed out by rain leaving the captains needing to engineer a result with sporting declarations on the final day (Thursday). Weatherley is unbeaten on 135 with Hartley alongside him on 16 not out.