Stewart blasts 50-ball ton for Second XI

Stewart blasts 50-ball ton for Second XI

All-rounder Grant Stewart continued his return from injury as he hit a century in 50 balls with six fours and two sixes on his way to a total of 112 from 57 deliveries in Kent Second XI’s victory over Middlesex 2nds in the Second Eleven Trophy on Thursday at Polo Farm in Canterbury.

He reeked carnage with the bowling hitting six sixes and 13 fours in his innings of 112.

He was given excellent support by batsman Ben Compton,  in a partnership for the fourth wicket of 165 in only 17.2 overs, with some brilliant batting and Compton was eventually out for 76, with six fours in his innings.

Kent had been set 263 to win and reached their target with 7.5 overs of their 50 over innings remaining after Middlesex had been bowled out for 262 in 49.4 overs, Marcus O Riordan taking 3 for 43, Jared Lysaught, 2 for 28, and Tristan Blackledge 2 for 50.

Stewart is currently only playing as a batsman as he recovers from a side injury but has been bowling in the nets and hopes to be back to full fitness in the next couple of weeks.

In the previous three days at Polo Farm, the Kent Second XI played Warwickshire in a friendly fixture, losing by 35 runs.

Warwickshire scored 362 for 8 declared in their first innings Tristan Blackledge taking 2 for 40 and Imran Quyyam 2 for 86. Kent declared their innings 127 behind on 235 for 7 after Calum Haggett had hit 80 and Ben Menenti 53. Warwickshire were then bowled out for 233, which included three run outs.

Kent were set 361 to win the match and there was a valiant effort from Manenti who made an excellent 101 with two sixes and 14 fours. The Australian plays in the same club team ‘Down Under’ as Mitchell Claydon and has also played in the Big Bash for the Sydney Sixers. Stewart scored 58 and Academy opener Joe Gordon 57.

Peter Burrowes

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