Match Report: Surrey Second XI vs. Kent Second XI

Match Report: Surrey Second XI vs. Kent Second XI

Although they were heavily beaten by an innings and 68 runs, in their away championship match with Surrey Seconds at New Malden, Kent Second XI still produced some fine individual performances.

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After losing the toss they spent almost Two sweltering days in the field, when play ended at 16:30, instead of the usual 18:30 finish, to keep the players safe from any ill effects from the overbearing conditions during the UK Heatwave.

Surrey Seconds wracked up a massive 552 for 9 declared in their first innings, Josh Blake smashing 160 with 18 fours. Angus Lovell scored 84, Shelwin Gumbs 83, and Justin Broad 76. Kent bowler Nathan Gilchrist, had very creditable bowling figures in the unusual circumstances, 4 for 103.

Kent Seconds replied with 323, a deficit of 229, and had to follow on when they were then bowled out in their second innings for 161.

There were excellent performances, however, from two Kent batters in the first innings, Tawanda Muyeye, with an attractive century, 115, full of flowing strokes, with 18 boundaries and a six, and 77, with 12 fours, from 17-year-old Academy student, Vish Parakirama, who plays for club side Bromley, in the Kent League. The pair enjoyed a second wicket partnership of 192.

There was a spectacular bowling performance from Surrey Second X1 off-break bowler Amar Virdi, who took 6 for 102, in Kent Seconds first innings, and 6 for 49 in the second to give him match figures of 12 for 151.

There was some resistance from Jack Nightingale, who made 6o, and Billy Mead was 33 not out, as the side were bowled out cheaply. There was also some tidy wicket-keeping behind the stumps, from Bexley’s Ben Aldred, including one spectacular left handed catch.

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Kent Second Eleven have two, one day 50 over friendly matches, next week, the first away to Essex at Billericay, on Monday 25 July and the second at the County Ground, Beckenham, on Wednesday 27 July against Hong Kong.

The visitors International Men’s side are having a two week training camp at the North Kent venue and taking advantage of the excellent facilities at the ground. They also have a 50 over match at Beckenham against the Club Cricket Conference, on Monday 25 July.


By Peter Burrowes


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