Match Report: Middlesex Second XI vs. Kent Second XI

Match Report: Middlesex Second XI vs. Kent Second XI

A youthful Kent Second XI faced Middlesex Second XI in the Second XI Championship at Teddington CC.

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Having to field an inexperienced team, because of Club squad injuries, Kent Second XI lost their Championship match, away to Middlesex Seconds, at Teddington, by 179 runs.

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Young fast bowler Jas Singh was skipper, and the only contracted player, in a side which included three Kent Academy youngsters, three trialists, and five players from Kent Cricket League clubs, but it was a good experience for them in difficult circumstances.

Middlesex Seconds scored 528 in their first innings, with two century makers, captain, Rob White, 101, with 17 fours, and Joe Cracknell 158, including three sixes, and 14 fours. Luke Hollman 70, Martin Andersson 64. Jas Singh led from the front, taking  5 for 109.

Kent Seconds replied 324 all out, to trail on first innings by 204. Gareth Severin 68, trialist Max Harris, playing against his former club, 52, wicket-keeper Sam Smith 42, Academy youngster Ekansh Singh 47,  Thilan Walallawita 3 for 34.

Middlesex declared their second innings on 257 for 9, setting Kent a mammoth, and unlikely 462 to win, Nathan Fernandes 69, Jas Bassan 3 for 39. Kent were dismissed in their second innings for 282, with a defiant half century, 54 not out from Academy student, Ben Dawkins, an excellent effort from the youngster. Max Harris 46, Blake Cullen 3 for 55.

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Kent Second XI return to One Day action, with two 50-Over friendly matches, at The County Ground, Beckenham.

They play the South Asian Cricket Academy, on Thursday, July 27, and Essex, on Friday, July 28, both matches with an 11:00 start, and admission is free.

By Peter Burrowes

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