Match Report: Hampshire Second XI vs. Kent Second XI

Match Report: Hampshire Second XI vs. Kent Second XI

Kent’s Second XI lost their Second XI Championship match away to Hampshire Seconds at the Ageas Bowl by four wickets, in a match that produced 1443 runs.

Despite being on the losing side there were some promising individual performances from some of the young players.

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Requiring 232 to win, the home side gained their victory with just nine deliveries of the final days play left, thanks to a 42 run unbroken sixth wicket partnership between Archie Fairfax Ross, 34, and John Wright 22 not out, Charlie Mumford 64, Joe Eckland 63.

Kent spinner Hamid Qadri took 4 for 74, giving him match figures of 8 for 188, after also getting four wickets for 114 runs in the Hampshire first innings.

In their first knock Kent Seconds scored 351, wicket-keeper Billy Mead, 84 not out, with 14 boundaries and former Loughborough University player Jack Nightingale hit 16 fours, in an innings of 80. Max Burton took 6 for 58 for the home side.

Replying Hampshire Seconds scored 490, to give them a lead of 139, with their skipper Felix Organ leading the way with a century, 134, including 17 fours and John Wright was 96 not out, with 14 boundaries and a six.

Two 20-year-olds Joe Gordon, and George Ealham, batted well for Kent in their second innings total of 370. Former Academy student Gordon hit eleven boundaries and a six, in his innings of 77, and Ealham, son of the former Kent all-rounder Mark, scored 82, with 14 fours. George Martin 4 for 46.

Kent Seconds have another Championship match starting on Monday 27 June, when they travel north to play Durham Seconds.

By Peter Burrowes

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