Spitfires’ one-day miseries continue
KENT NEED BACK-TO-WINS AGAINST SCOTLAND TO HAVE HOPE OF PROGRESSING
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