Match Report: Durham Second XI vs. Kent Second XI

Match Report: Durham Second XI vs. Kent Second XI

Kent Second XI Captain Marcus O’Riordan scored a brilliant 169 in his side’s drawn Second XI Championship match away to Durham Seconds, in a game completely ruined by the weather, with no play possible after lunch on the third of four scheduled days.

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The match was not actually played in Durham, but at a club ground in Richmond, Yorkshire.

Periods of heavy rain  overnight made the ground conditions, especially the outfield, too wet for the match to proceed past the first innings for either side.

Kent Seconds were four runs ahead when the game was abandoned, 388 for 7 replying to Durham’s 384 all out.

O’Riordan led from the front, and hit 24 boundaries and a six, off 203 deliveries in his innings, and got good support from Jack Nightingale, who had to retire not out on 51, after being hit on the helmet, as did Harri Aravinthan, for the same reason, when he had scored three.

Wicketkeeper Billy Mead hit 45 runs, and Kent Academy scholar Harry Turner 41.

There had been an equally excellent innings to O’Riordan’s in Durham’s first innings, South African, David Bedingham also getting 24 fours and a six in his knock of 121 of 98 deliveries. Tim MacIntosh hit 11 fours in his innings of 71, whilst there was a half century, 51, for Jonathan Bushell.

Kent Seconds’ opening bowlers Mickey Edwards and Max Luckett both picked up four wickets. Edwards, who is Australian and the overseas player in the Kent League for Canterbury based St Lawrence and Highland Court, took 4 for 113, and Luckett, a regular in Kent’s Second XI, who plays for Bickley Park, his club side, 4 for 74.

Kent Second Eleven are in action again on Tuesday 5 July, when they are away in a championship match against Middlesex Seconds, at Radlett Cricket Club.

By Peter Burrowes

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