Match Report: Gloucestershire Second XI vs. Kent Second XI

Match Report: Gloucestershire Second XI vs. Kent Second XI

Despite a century from ‘keeper-batter Harry Finch, in their second innings, Kent’s Second XI lost by 40 runs, to Gloucestershire in their Second XI Championship match at Rockhampton.

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Set 351 for victory, Kent Seconds were all out for 310. The visitors were hampered by the absence of their skipper, Marcus O’Riordan, who retired hurt with a leg injury whilst batting in Kent’s first innings, when he had made 14, although he was able to be replaced in the team.

There was just one run between the two sides, in their first innings’ totals, Gloucestershire Seconds bowled out for 199, and Kent were then dismissed for 198. The home side then made 349 for 7 declared, to set Kent Seconds that challenging winning target.

In the Gloucestershire first innings Joe Phillips, scored 63, with nine fours, and there was some excellent bowling from Kent’s young paceman, Jas Singh, 6 for 74. In Kent’s reply, Sam Smith, who plays for Tunbridge Wells in the Kent Cricket League, was 55 not out.

When the home side batted a second time, two of their players just missed out on centuries, Phillips dismissed for 95, and William Naish for 99, with 12 boundaries, Arafat Bhuiyan 2 for 53, Singh 2 for 84.

When Kent Seconds set about their winning chase, Finch hit 13 boundaries, in his innings of 109, and Kent Academy youngster, Jadyn Denly scored an impressive 76, with 14 boundaries.

Newcomer Hugh Burden, Bexley Cricket Club’s Australian overseas player, chipped in with a half century 57, but the rest of the batters were unable to keep up the run challenge, with the home side taking wickets to see them to their win.

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Kent Second XI’s next match is a Second XI Championship fixture, away to Middlesex, starting on Tuesday 18 July at Teddington Cricket Club.

By Peter Burrowes

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