Spit­fires crash to fifth straight de­feat

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Kent Spit­fires suf­fered their fifth con­sec­u­tive Friends Life t20 de­feat and re­main point­less in South Di­vi­sion af­ter a 62-run drub­bing against Es­sex Ea­gles at Chelms­ford on Mon­day night.

A tar­get of 181 proved well be­yond a side vis­i­bly lack­ing con­fi­dence and who have not scored more than 145 in a t20 in­nings this sea­son.

The hosts piled on 59 from the first 27 de­liv­er­ies be­fore Mitch Clay­don got Mark Pet­tini and Gra­ham Napier caught and bowled to make it 60-2.

James Tred­well (3-19) trapped Hamish Ruther­ford leg be­fore but Ravi Bopara (39) and Owais Shah (39) put on 78 in less than 10 overs be­fore de­part­ing in iden­ti­cal fash­ion, of­fer­ing su­perb div­ing catches to Alex Blake on the deep square leg bound­ary.

Ryan ten Doeschate added 27 from 17 balls as the hosts closed on 180- 8.

Sam North­east cracked a six off Gra­ham Napier to start the re­ply, how­ever, the re­quired run-rate rose amid tight bowl­ing from Shaun Tait, Reece To­p­ley (4-26) and Bopara (3-12), who even­tu­ally bowled North­east (32).

Kent slipped from 87- 4 to 95-8 in a 16-ball night­mare spell and Spit­fires were dis­missed for 118.

On Fri­day night, Kent were bowled out for 117 at home to Es­sex in a 47-run de­feat. Shah’s 59 steered the vis­i­tors from 55-3 to 164- 6 at Can­ter­bury.

North­east was trapped leg be­fore to the first ball from Napier be­fore Kent re­cov­ered to 82- 4 with nine overs left. How­ever, Kent lost their fi­nal four wick­ets for just six runs.

On Sun­day af­ter­noon, the Spit­fires’ first away game also ended in de­feat as they ca­pit­u­lated by nine wick­ets against Mid­dle­sex Pan­thers at Uxbridge.

Adam Ross­ing­ton made 74 from 37 balls, the sec­ond time he has scored big against Kent this sum­mer, to steer his side past the Spit­fires’ be­low-par 140- 6 with over four overs to spare.

HIT­TING OUT: Ver­non Phi­lan­der in ac­tion against Es­sex last Fri­day

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