Dou­ble home set­back

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - - By Alex Hoad

Skip­per James Tred­well was dis­ap­pointed by the Spit­fires’ sec­ond home Friends Life t20 set­back in­side 48 hours as they fell to a 31-run de­feat against Sur­rey at Can­ter­bury on Sun­day af­ter­noon.

De­spite a t20-best 61 from Sam North­east and a trade­mark blast of 30 from Dar­ren Stevens, seven wick­ets fell for the ad­di­tion of 46 runs in the fi­nal nine overs as Kent lost mo­men­tum when in a good po­si­tion for the sec­ond time in as many games.

Sur­rey had made a quick start and raced to 66-0 from seven overs. De­spite Matt Coles re­turn­ing to form with 2-20, ac­count­ing for Ja­son Roy and for­mer Aussie skip­per Ricky Ponting, both caught-and-bowled, Steven Davies hit an un­beaten 95 as the vis­i­tors posted 176-3 from 20 overs.

North­east and Stevens added 55 for Kent’s third wicket but Stevens

‘We’ve shown things in both games. . . but t20 is a game of very small mar­gins’

Pic­ture: Barry Good­win

BIG CALL: Spit­fires all-rounder Dar­ren Stevens is given out leg be­fore wicket for 30 off the bowl­ing of Sur­rey’s

Jon Lewis

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