Match Report: Kent Second XI v MCC YC’s, 30th May, St Lawrence Ground

Friday 1st June 2012

Match Report: Kent Second XI v MCC YC’s, 30th May, St Lawrence Ground

Kent Second XI v MCC YC's, Wednesday 30th May. St Lawrence Ground, Canterbury

The Kent SecondXI entertained the MCC YC’s at the St Lawrence Ground for two T20 matches earlier this week. The first game commenced at 3pm with the sun burning brightly in the sky, however all forecasts predicted rain at some point.

Kent won the toss and elected to field. The MCC YC’s made a good start before losing their first wicket with 22 runs on the board. This set the tone for the rest of the innings as wickets tumbled on a regular basis. With no batsman able to make a big impression, they were finally all out for 127 off 19.4 overs.

Barrett top scored for the visitors with 26 off 27 balls.However Ross’s 23 off of just 13 was the most eye catching, largely due to the two huge sixes. Our bowlers shared the wickets amongst them, with some fine displays, Cook taking 2 for 19, Osborne 2 for 26, Greenwood 1 for 21, Cowdry 2 for 23 and Hemphrey 1 for 29.Special mention should go to Newman who took 2 for 6 from 3 overs, extremely frugal bowling for this format of the game! Significantly, Newman also took the wicket of the big hitting Ross.

Kent opened with Captain Northeast and gloveman Billings and the pair soon took advantage of the decent batting track. Despite the MCC YC’s missing early catching opportunities for both openers, the pair soon got into their stride and at one stage seemed to be matching each other shot for shot. Northeast finished 61 not out from just 44 balls, this included 6 fours and 2 sixes.Billings finished 68 not out from 50 balls, his total including 7 fours and 2 sixes.

Overall this was a comprehensive Kent victory, as we eased past the YC’s total set with four overs to spare and thankfully with no sign of the forecasted rain.

Despite the first game finishing ahead of schedule, game two commenced at 6.30pm as timetabled.This time the MCC YC’s won the toss and elected to bat.

From the start of the innings the YC’s always looked likely to exceed the total they set in the first match. They eventually finished 134 for 7, utilising the full 20 overs.Root top scored with 24 from 28 balls. However Captain Lewis’s 21 from just 11 balls was their stand out batting performance.

Our bowlers carried on with their fine economy rate and again the wickets were shared around. Cowdrey’sone for 22 included the scalp of the impressive Root. Osborne tooktwo for 26 from his four overs and Hemphrey took 2 for 8 from just 12 deliveries.YC’s Nicholls certainly won’t forget Hemphrey in a hurry as he uprooted two of the batsman’s stumps with a cracking delivery.

Kent came out to bat and shuffled the batting order slightly, this time opening with Harmison and Blake.Blake was dismissed early for a duck so Northeast joined Harmison at the crease.They pushed the runs on until Harmison was eventually run out for 25, Billings came in and made 14 before he was bowled by Root, Root had also been responsible for Harmison’s run out. Cowdry and Northeast took Kent past the winning post with two overs to spare. Northeast’s superbly entertaining 82 not out came from just 55 balls and includedseven fours and three sixes, one of which could only be described as a monster blow.

To sum up, an excellent display by ourSecond XI with two comfortable victories. The forecasted rain didn’t show it's ugly face and the loyal Kent supporters went home happy, having been thoroughly entertained.

Final fact of the day: there was only one maiden bowled during both games. That’s the way T20 should be!

Click here for match one scorecard

Click here for match two scorecard