Match Report: Kent Second XI vs. Gloucestershire Second XI

Match Report: Kent Second XI vs. Gloucestershire Second XI

Kent Second XI were the dominant side throughout their championship match with Gloucestershire Seconds, at Polo Farm, Canterbury, which ended in a draw.

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The home side was frustrated by the weather, which caused several delays to the play, and denied them a probable victory.

There were some excellent individual performances from both the Kent batters and bowlers, as the season draws to a close, with just one match remaining to be played.

Gloucestershire Second Eleven put Kent in to bat after winning the toss, a decision they may have regretted, as the home side scored a massive 491 for 7 declared. Harry Finch, who captained the side, leading from the front smashing 153 runs, in a brilliant innings, which included 21 boundaries.

Youngster Tawanda Muyeye, just missed out on a century, hitting a six and 15 fours, in an innings of 94, whilst George Ealham made 63, and Kent Academy scholar, Duncan Moore, who celebrates his 18th birthday on Monday (September 19), an impressive 60, with 40 of the runs coming in boundaries.

The visitors slumped to 13 for 4 in their reply and were bowled out for just 199, a deficit of 292 and were made to follow on. Their innings was destroyed by a superb spell of bowling from Kent’s young paceman, Jas Singh, with impressive figures of 5 for 42. The only resistance came from Tom Lace 58, and Will Smale 51.

In their second innings Gloucestershire Seconds were 91 for 4, when the match ended with Kent running out of time to force the win that their play throughout the game had deserved.

Kent Second Eleven play their last match of the season with a championship encounter against Yorkshire, at Folkestone, starting on Tuesday September 20.

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By Peter Burrowes

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