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Kent lose to WI U19s on FGS Plant Tour

Thursday 2nd February 2017

Kent slipped to defeat against Under-19 world champions West Indies at the Sir Vivian Richards in the Caribbean Super50 on the FGS Plant Tour.

Spitfires skipper Sam Northeast won the toss and opted to bowl under cloudy skies.

Ivan Thomas took 3/43 and Adam Riley and Darren Stevens taking two wickets each as the tourists restricted the batsmen before dismissing them 155.

Ivan Thomas got the first breakthrough as opener Shian Brathwaite edged to Adam Ball at first slip off the bowling of Thomas for 12.

Skipper Sam Northeast ran out Bhaskar Yadram, attempting an ambitious single after a couple of earlier near misses.

Matt Coles found early movement from the Roberts end but no luck before returning to bowling Kallicharan from the Ambrose end.

Adam Riley picked up the scalp of opener Matthew Patrick who top-scored with 45 after earlier trapping Emmanuel Stewart LBW with a full ball for 9.

Matt Hunn marked his first FGS Plant Tour appearance with a catch in the deep off Thomas, before roles were reversed

Darren Stevens restricted the scoring in the middle overs with an accurate 10-over spell of 2/17 in ten overs, dismissing tailenders Louis and Alleyne.

In reply, Kent kept ahead of the run rate but were three down in the first 20 overs.

Daniel Bell-Drummond flicked a short ball by left-arm seamer McCoy to fine leg before Sean Dickson was caught at square leg off Louis for 20.

Darren Stevens smashed Louis over long-on for six before the left-arm spin of Bishop (4/44 off ten overs) changed the game.

He removed Stevens in the 19thover and Alex Blake smashed a straight drive for 4 and slog-swept Bishop for 6 before the game swung in the teenage world champions’ direction.

Blake and Ball fell in successive balls from Bishop before Coles was castled by Yadram without scoring in the next over.

Adam Riley hit 12 to get Kent into three figures before Yadram removed him, caught by Paul who returned to get the prized scalp of Northeast after the Kent captain sliced a short ball to point.

Number eleven batsman Thomas was the last man to fall and spark wild celebrations from the U19 world champions, who picked up their first win of the group stage.

Kent will be determined to bounce back on Saturday (4 February) as they face current leaders and hosts Leeward Islands Hurricanes at Coolidge Cricket Ground.

The match will be televised live on BT Sport ESPN from 5.30pm GMT