Match Report: Kent Second XI vs. Hampshire Second XI

Match Report: Kent Second XI vs. Hampshire Second XI

In a match that saw over 1,200 runs, Hampshire Second XI came out on top against Kent Second XI at Polo Farm, Canterbury.

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Set a massive 438 runs in 96 overs, Kent Seconds were second bext, losing by 284 runs, after being bowled out for 153 in the fourth innings.

Once again the shining star for Kent was young batter Tawanda Muyeye, who is in tremendous form at the moment.

Having scored three centuries in successive matches, he top scored for the home side, in both innings of this match, but to no avail.

The visitors took control of the match when they scored 413 in their first innings, based around a magnificent double century, 231 from opener Toby Albert, with 21 fours and seven sixes, Joe Eckland 51, Arafat Bhuiyan 4 for 81, Hamid Qadri 3 for 65.

All out for 330 in their first innings, Kent faced a deficit of 83, Muyeye falling just three runs short of yet another century, out for 97, with 11 fours and three sixes. There was a welcome return to form for Joe Denly, who also just missed out on a ton, hitting 92, with two sixes and 15 boundaries, and was playing in the team alongside his nephew, Academy student, Jaydn Denly.

In their second innings Hampshire declared on 354 for 7, Joe Weatherley 123, with 10 fours, Albert 63, Scott Currie 62 not out, Qadri 3 for 83.

As the Kent batters faltered in the second innings for that low total, Muyeye was left stranded on 92 not out, with 15 boundaries, and has already now scored 544 runs this season. Jack Campbell 3 for 14 in Kent’s 153.

Kent Seconds now have a new fixture as they are to host Netherlands A in a 50 over friendly, at the County Ground, Beckenham, on Wednesday next week, May 10. The Orange A team is touring the UK for a week, with matches against Northamptonshire’s Seconds as part of their trip. Admission is free and car parking is available.

Kent Seconds then turn their attentions to the start of their Second XI T20 competition, with a double-header opener against Sussex Seconds, at Polo Farm, Canterbury, on Tuesday, May 16.

The first match starts at 11:30 and the second at 15:00. Admission is free.

By Peter Burrowes

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