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Mahmood hoping to play a part in Canterbury Cricket Week

Saturday 31st July 2010

Azhar Mahmood (pictured) starred with the ball as Kent recorded their first home LV= County Championship win of the season.

The Pakistani all-rounder returned figures of 5-62 as Kent recorded a 99-run win over Essex at the St Lawrence Ground in Canterbury.

The 35 year-old, making a rare championship appearance, was naturally delighted to make such a positive contribution: “It is always very special, winning a match, but taking the five wickets was extra special for me. I was delighted to play my part and the win is a big boost for the rest of the season.

“With two sides going up and two going down, the leagues are very tight. You only have to win a couple of matches and can start to climb up the league. We have a massive game coming up on Tuesday against Somerset. Hopefully we can win and move into mid-table.”

All concerned are now hoping that the star bowler will be fit enough to play in the Canterbury Cricket Week fixture, starting on Tuesday. So how does Mahmood rate his chances? “The body is feeling tired at the moment but hopefully I will be able to play my part. We are playing some good cricket and I want to continue to help the team pick up results. I still really enjoy my batting and bowling so long may it continue.”

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