O’Riordan skippers side in Second XI Friendly

O’Riordan skippers side in Second XI Friendly

Kent all-rounder Marcus O’Riordan scored a second innings half century, 59, with a six and six boundaries, in a drawn Second XI three day friendly, between a joint Kent/Essex Second XI and the South Asian Cricket Academy, at Billericay.

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Set the improbable target of scoring 325 for victory, off just 34 overs, the SACA side were 19 for 0 off 3.1 overs, when rain and bad light ended the match.

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The Combined XI declared their first innings on 244 for 7, Ben Allison 62 not out, Jaydn Denly 38 not out, Luc Benkenstein 59, Sanaullah Khan 3 for 32.

The South Asian Cricket Academy made 235 for 8 declared, in their first innings, nine runs behind, Arad Shetty 67, with seven fours, and a six, Aaron Beard 3 for 57, Hamidullah Qadri 2 for 32. Grant Stewart conceded just 12 runs from 10 overs, half of which were maidens.

As well as O’Riordan’s half century in the Essex/Kent second innings, of 316 for 7 declared, there was an excellent innings, an undefeated century, 109 not out off 124 deliveries, with 11 fours and two sixes from Joshua Richards.

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Kent Second XI’s next match is a four day Second XI Championship fixture against Middlesex Seconds, at Polo Farm, Canterbury, starting on Tuesday 30 April.

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By Peter Burrowes

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