Match Report: Kent Second XI vs. Essex Second XI

Match Report: Kent Second XI vs. Essex Second XI

Kent’s Tawanda Muyeye scored his third century in successive matches, in the first innings of the Second Elevens drawn home Second XI Championship match, with Essex, at Canterbury.

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Muyeye scored exactly 100, with 14 fours and three sixes, in Kent’s 326 for 6 declared, replying to Essex Seconds 301 for 6 declared.

The former Eastbourne College student has already amassed 355 runs to his name, so early in the season, which has included 43 boundaries and 12 sixes.

There was only two and a half days play possible in the match, after it was moved to The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence from Polo Farm, where the conditions were unplayable, because of the recent heavy rain.

The players on both sides tried to make up for lost time, with plenty of runs scored, but the draw was always the likely result after Kent Seconds had been set an unlikely victory target of 304 to win off just 35 overs.  At the end of the game they were 147 for 7. Harry Finch scored 52, with nine boundaries, and overseas all-rounder, George Linde, making his first appearance of the season, hit 45. Some excellent bowling for Essex, 4 for 19 from Luc Benkenstein.

In the Essex first innings, Robin Das hit 15 boundaries in his 116, Aron Nijjar 51, Linde 2 for 49. Kent Seconds captain, Marcus O’Riordan bowled for the first time since having a shoulder operation, a gentle three overs, for three runs conceded.

Kent had a lead of 25 on first innings, Linde, followed Muyeye’s century with a belligerent 87, containing eight boundaries, and six sixes. Gosling 3 for 22.

Essex declared their second innings on 328 for 5,with centuries for Fereze Khushi, 152,  with 17 fours and four sixes, and Will Buttleman, 100 not out, nine fours and two sixes. Trialist, former Sussex player, Tom Hinley, 2 for 58.

The Second XI’s next Championship match is against Hampshire Seconds, at Polo Farm, Canterbury, starting on Tuesday, next week, May 2. Entry is free.

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