Eyes on Beckenham in Second XI Championship match

Eyes on Beckenham in Second XI Championship match

Kent Second XI lost their four-day Second XI Championship match, against Sussex Seconds, at The County Ground, Beckenham, by 26 runs, but their were excellent performances from two non-contracted players, Ross Richardson, and Gareth Severin.

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Wicket-keeper Richardson took six catches, behind the stumps, in the visitors first innings, and then scored 51, as Kent Seconds chased a victory target of 292. South African born, New Zealand cricketer, Severin, who plays for Hayes, in the Kent Cricket League, scored a half century in both of the Kent innings.

The Kent side was changed midway through the match, with four players, captain, Marcus O’Riordan, and bowlers, George Garrett, Grant Stewart, and Hamid Qadri, all departing to join up with the first team squad, for the county championship match against, Somerset, at Taunton, Tawanda Muyeye taking over as skipper.

Sussex too made some changes, including a fleeting cameo appearance, on the final day of the game for just six overs, from England fast bowler Joffra Archer, getting fit again after a long injury lay off. In a fiery spell of his half a dozen overs he took 1 for 11, before departing the match.

In their first innings Sussex Seconds scored 311, Daniel Ibrahim 85, with 10 fours, Zak Lion-Cachet 66, George Ealham 46, Archie Lenham 41. Jas Singh 3 for 41, Hamidullah Qadri 3 for 56.

Kent Seconds were bowled out in their first innings for 254, a deficit of 57, Severin 74, with nine boundaries, Academy student Olly Curtiss, 11 boundaries, in an innings of 69 runs, Joe Campbell 4 for 48.

Lion-Catchet got his second half century of the match 75, in the Sussex second innings 234 for 6 declared, Archie Lenham 69 not out, Jas Singh 3 for 71.

Kent Seconds had all the final day to reach their winning target, but fell just short, bowled out for 265, Severin 68, with 10 fours, Richardson 51, with a six and half a dozen boundaries, Lenham 3 for 31.

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Kent Seconds now embark on their Second XI T20 campaign, the first match of this season’s competition is against Surrey Second XI, at Polo Farm, Canterbury on Thursday, May 23, starting at 2pm. Entry is free for members and supporters.

By Peter Burrowes

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