De­feated in ti­tle fi­nale

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Kent lost the ti­tle de­cider in the Spec­savers County Cham­pi­onship Di­vi­sion 2 at War­wick­shire last Wed­nes­day. With both sides hav­ing al­ready been pro­moted and go­ing into the game level on points, the win­ner would fin­ish top of the ta­ble. How­ever, Kent were to­tally out­played and lost by an in­nings and 34 runs. Kent won the toss and chose to bat but strug­gled at Edg­bas­ton and were all out for just 167 in 59 overs. Matt Henry top scored with 32 not out and the last-wicket part­ner­ship of 42 be­tween Adam Ri­ley and Henry was the best of the in­nings. Chris Wright (3-29), Keith Barker (3-31) and Olly Stone (3-36) took three wick­ets each for War­wick­shire. Dom Si­b­ley (119) and Will Rhodes (110) shared a first­wicket part­ner­ship of 176 as both hit cen­turies to put the home side in a match-win­ning po­si­tion. It was also the fi­nal match for Jonathan Trott, who re­tired at the end of the sea­son. Kent gave him a guard of honour as he came out to bat but there was no fairy­tale end­ing as he was out for eight. Af­ter be­ing all out for 380, War­wick­shire had a first in­nings lead of 213 with Joe Denly (3-48) and Harry Pod­more (3-67) tak­ing three wick­ets each. Zak Craw­ley (75) was the only Kent bats­man to get go­ing in the sec­ond in­nings. When Craw­ley was fi­nally out on the last ball be­fore lunch on day three, Kent were 133-6. Sam Billings (46) and Pod­more (15) put up some re­sis­tance but Kent were all out for 179. Jack Cross­ley won the Maid­stone parkrun in a per­sonal best 17min04sec. Lead­ing lady was Ni­cola Su­sans (Lark­field AC) in 20.33 and Noel Lyons was the high­est age-graded per­former with 82.44%. Lee Rogers won at Malling in a PB 17.31. Tereza Fran­cova was first lady (21.37) and Tina Jones (VW70-74) was the lead­ing age­graded run­ner (87.39%).

Matt Field (Lark­field AC) won the Med­way Sum­mer Se­ries 5k last week. He was pipped in the fi­nal race by Lee Rogers but still took the ti­tle. Drag­ons Run­ning Club mem­bers in ac­tion were Roy­anna Franks (23.32), Mick Jef­feries (1st MV70+ 25.21) and Viki Gar­rett (30.01). Jef­feries was fifth in age group at the Robin Hood Not­ting­ham Half-Marathon in 2hr04min08sec.

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