Rowson takes 5 wickets in friendly defeat

Sunday 22nd April 2018



Rowson takes 5 wickets in friendly defeat

Teenage all-rounder Chelsey Rowson took her maiden senior five-wicket haul as a youthful Kent side lost to Surrey in a friendly at Lordswood.

The 16-year-old seamer from Dartford claimed 5/25 in six overs as Surrey started strongly after being invited to bat first by stand-in skipper Grace Gibbs.

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With Kent’s England contingent rested, the coaches took an opportunity to look at the next generation of talent with 14-year-old wicketkeeper Antonia Dilkes making her senior debut alongside several members of the county’s talented Under-17 side.

Kirsty Dymond and Kitty Perry also made her bows in the first team alongside 2017 debutants Rowson and Jodie Hobson with a first appearance for New Zealander Arlene Kelly.

Kelly took a wicket in each of her two spells up front and at the death with Jenni Jackson (2/42) and Megan Belt (1/52) striking in the middle overs.

In reply, an inexperienced top order lost quick wickets before Phoebe Franklin (25) and Hannah Jelfs (30) steadied the ship with a 36-run stand.

Jenni Jackson, batting at 9, top-scored with a beligerent 32 with Kitty Perry scoring 20 on her senior debut as the tail wagged before Surrey wrapped up victory.

Kent begin the Royal London Women’s One-Day County Championship in a fortnight’s time with a double-header against Yorkshire and Lancashire at The County Ground, Beckenham on Sunday 6 and Bank Holiday Monday 7 May.

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