Defeated in title finale
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.