15-year-old Grace Scrivens scored 62 runs with six fours from 35 balls as Kent Women were beaten by a strong Surrey side in their second friendly of the 2019 season at Reeds School in Cobham, Surrey. The hosts won the toss and chose to field first.
Kalea Moore opened the batting with Izzy Cloke. Moore was dismissed second ball of the game by a very good delivery that nipped away to take the top off of stump. England Women international Fran Wilson joined Izzy Cloke for her Kent Women debut and the two started to build a partnership, rotating the strike well against a well disciplined opening Surrey attack.
Just as this pair were beginning to look comfortable, Wilson was beaten by another good delivery & was bowled for 9. Cloke continued to tick along looking very composed, she was joined by u15 player Grace Scrivens & the pair were very watchful picking off the bad balls & rotating the strike.
Skipper Tash Farrant eventually came to the crease to join Scrivens. The two pushed the score along nicely with some well judged singles along with a lovely 6 over mid off for Farrant.
It was during this partnership that Scrivens brought up her 50, a fantastic effort from the 15 year old, who showed maturity long exceeding her years in reaching this milestone.
Frustratingly, following the pattern of the game, just as Kent looked to have built a platform ready to kick on, Farrant’s wicket fell, curtailing momentum again.
The Kent Women were still well set at this stage on 130/5 off of 35 overs, with Scrivens well set at the other end.
After carrying her bat so well throughout the innings Grace was bowled attempting to try & find the boundary for a very well made 61.
Kent ended their innings 151/10 off of 42 overs, 8 short of the allotted 50.
In reply, Kent Women overseas signing Josie Penfold opened the bowling & struck with the very first ball of the day, having Kirsty White caught behind by u17’s wicketkeeper Ishani Milward-Bose.
In the search for more wickets to get off to a good start, Josie ran in abely supported by Rowson, who kept Surrey’s scoring rate to a manageable one.
However, the wickets weren’t forthcoming & Surrey made a good start punishing anything slightly off length whilst just like us rotated the strike well to keep the score ticking over.
Surrey reached their target, 152/6, in 39th over.