Kent’s Second XI proved too strong for the Club Cricket Conference Representative side, in their T20 double-header, at The County Ground, Beckenham, winning both matches convincingly, the first by eight wickets, and the second by a massive 145 runs.
The visitors team was made up of players from club cricket, including two from the Kent League, Bailey Wightman, the Tunbridge Wells bowler, and Euan Munday from Division One side, Canterbury, who proved to be one of their best players in a side who had not previously played together as a group.
In the first match the Club Cricket Conference could only reach 126 for 7 from their 20 overs, wicket-keeper Leonardo Julien, who has played for the West Indies B side, top scored with 26, Kent’s young fast bowler Jas Singh, who also plays for Bexley in the Kent League, taking 3 for 30, and Tawanda Muyeye 2 for 10 from his four overs.
Muyeye then smashed eight fours and two sixes in an innings of 69 off 39 deliveries as Kent Seconds raced to victory, 130 for 2 in 14.2 overs, former Kent Academy student, Joe Gordon 34 not out.
In the second match it was again Kent batter, Muyeye, who led the charge, as the Second X1 scored 236 for 7 from their 20 overs, the youngster getting an almost identical score to his knock in the first game, this time firing 68 off just 20 deliveries with six boundaries and six sixes, and there was a cameo 42 off 20 balls, with five fours and three sixes from left arm spinner James Logan. Munday took a creditable 4 for 27 for the visitors, who were then bowled out for just 91 in 15.5 overs, the Canterbury player this time top scoring with 27.
The main damage to the Club Cricket Conference innings came from Kent trialist fast bowler Barney Fitch, who took a highly impressive 3 for 8 in 2.5 overs, Logan 2 for 21, George Ealham 2 for 20. Fitch, previously played for Somerset Second X1 and Millfield School, as well as junior cricket with Tunbridge Wells.
Kent Second XI’s next match is a four day Championship fixture away to Hampshire Seconds, at the Ageas Bowl, Southampton, starting on Monday June 20.
By Peter Burrowes