Spit­fires’ one-day mis­eries con­tinue


Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page -

KENT SPIT­FIRES need back-to-back wins over the Scot­tish Saltires to main­tain hopes of mak­ing any im­pact on the Group C ta­ble in the Cly­des­dale Bank 40 com­pe­ti­tion this sea­son. They travel to Ed­in­burgh on Satur­day, be­fore the re­turn meet­ing at Can­ter­bury on Bank Hol­i­day Mon­day. The Saltires beat Kent in a rain-ru­ined Friends Prov­i­dent Tro­phy con­test last sea­son and started their cam­paign with a sur­prise four-wicket win over Le­ices­ter­shire Foxes at Grace Road on Sun­day. Mean­while, 45 miles away in Birm­ing­ham, the Spit­fires’ poor start to the sea­son con­tin­ued with a six-wicket de­feat against War­wick­shire Bears at Edg­bas­ton on Sun­day. The un­beaten Group C lead­ers eased home with five overs to spare, af­ter be­ing set 193 to win but it could have much worse for the Spit­fires who were 50-5 and 73-7 at one stage. An eighth-wicket stand of 94 in 17 overs be­tween skip­per Rob Key (87) and Rob Fer­ley (52), the spin bowler’s best one day score for Kent – ei­ther side of a two-year stint with Not­ting­hamshire. Key hit 10 fours in his 98-ball knock, while Fer­ley stayed 72 min­utes and faced 66 de­liv­er­ies, hit­ting five fours, to pass his pre­vi­ous best of 42 against Lan­cashire at Old Traf­ford in 2004. Dar­ren Maddy ended Key’s re­sis­tance and then snapped up Fer­ley in the fi­nal over. Seamer Boyd Rankin did the early dam­age for War­wick­shire. The Ir­ish­man ripped through the Kent mid­dle-or­der, dis­miss­ing Geraint Jones (12), Dar­ren Stevens and Alex Blake – both for nought in the same over. He also sent back Azhar Mah­mood for an­other duck and Simon Cook to record ca­reer-best one-day fig­ures of 4-34. Bears made a quick start, be­fore Ian Bell, with his fourth one-day fifty of the sea­son, and Maddy (43 not out), guided the home side to their third win over Kent in as many weeks.

Rob Fer­ley pulls a bouncer on his way to an im­pres­sive 52 against War­wick­shire Bears on Sun­day

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