Match Report: Middlesex Second XI vs. Kent Second XI

Match Report: Middlesex Second XI vs. Kent Second XI

Despite establishing a slender 20 run first innings lead, Kent’s Second XI lost their away Second XI Championship match, against Middlesex, at Radlett, in three days, by 41 runs.

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Twenty wickets fell on the opening day, as both sides completed their first innings, Middlesex Seconds being bowled out for 154, and Kent then replying with 174.

Nathan Fernandes top scored with 46 not out for the home side, Kent’s Matt Quinn taking 3 for 19, George Ealham 2 for 16, and Jas Singh 2 for 62.

When Kent Seconds batted, Amit Basra scored 52, with eight boundaries and a six, Middlesex paceman, Ethan Bamber, an impressive 5 for 37.

In their second knock, Middlesex Seconds scored 307, Martin Andersson 69, with 12 boundaries and skipper Rob White 60 with 10 fours.

Nathan Gilchrist, who captained the Kent side, was the best of the Kent bowlers, with 3 for 32 and Tawanda Muyeye 3 for 78.

Set 288 to win, Kent Seconds were unable to get any real momentum to their innings as their chase fell short of the winning target, despite the best efforts of George Ealham 48, and the same score, 48 not out from Jaydn Denly, nephew of Kent opener Joe Denly.

Thilan Walallawita took 4 for 67 for the home side. There was an excellent performance behind the stumps for Kent, wicket-keeper Billy Mead, taking seven catches in the match, and a stumping.

Kent Seconds next match is a Championship fixture against Warwickshire’s Second XI, at Tonbridge School,  who have produced many top class Kent cricketers over the years, starting on Monday, July 11.

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By Peter Burrowes

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