Geraint shines in draw

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page - By An­drew Gi­d­ley

GERAINT JONES scored his first cham­pi­onship hun­dred of the sea­son in the draw against Es­sex at Chelms­ford be­fore be­ing laid low by a 24-hour sick­ness bug.

The LV= County Cham­pi­onship Di­vi­sion 1 game pro­duced nearly 1,200 runs with the home side set 338 to win from 78 overs.

They took the chal­lenge on at the start, be­fore fin­ish­ing on 254-4, with Joe Denly, given the long­est bowl of his ca­reer so far, re­turn­ing 2-100 in 27 overs.

Kent took 11 points from the game and Es­sex eight.

Jones went in at 1-1 on the first morn­ing af­ter the early loss of Denly and scored 135 off 177 balls with 21 fours, as Kent re­cov­ered from an un­cer­tain start to make 474.

Dar­ren Stevens made his sec­ond hun­dred, backed up by half-cen­turies by Sam North­east and Martin Van Jaarsveld.

Tom West­ley’s 132 helped Es­sex save the fol­low-on in a stand of 114 with Ryan ten Doeschate, Es­sex re­cov­er­ing from 172-5 to make 341.

Kent then ex­tended their 133 first in­nings ad­van­tage to 337, be­fore be­ing all out on the fi­nal morn­ing for 204. North­east made his sec­ond fifty of the match.

Jones said: “I got the hun­dred on the first day but didn’t feel great im­me­di­ately af­ter play ended.

“I didn’t sleep that night and had to dash to the bath­room sev­eral times un­til 5am in the morn­ing.

“It took a lot out of me, and I didn’t feel right. I went out to field for one over but there was no point stay­ing out there, so I went back to the ho­tel, had a long sleep and was right as rain the next day.

“James Hock­ley kept for half an hour af­ter lunch and was de­lighted to catch Alis­tair Cook first ball af­ter lunch, off Makhaya (Ntini), and then Paul Dixey who was play­ing for the Sec­onds at Beck­en­ham got on the road and ar­rived to take over for the rest of the af­ter­noon.”

He added: “The in­nings was pleas­ing and it all clicked.

“It’s only one knock and I have now got to try and back it up.

“I had been close with my bat­ting but not 100 per cent happy with it.

“I was in the nets a lot in the build-up to the sea­son, work­ing on things, and a big score was due.”

Pic­ture: Barry Good­win

Geraint Jones plays a late cut on the first day of the Cham­pi­onship match against Es­sex

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