Kent look­ing to top or­der

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Cricket Trampolining -

Kent skip­per James Tred­well has called on their top-or­der bats­man to pro­duce the per­for­mances which will turn around their mis­er­able Friends Life t20 cam­paign. The Spit­fires are bot­tom of South Di­vi­sion hav­ing lost all five matches – the only side in the coun­try with­out a win this sea­son – and no re­al­is­tic hopes of a place in the knock­out stages ahead of the fi­nal half of the cam­paign which be­gins with Sun­day’s trip to Hamp­shire (2.30pm) and Wed­nes­day’s visit of Sus­sex (7pm). Kent have scored fewer runs than any other side to have com­pleted five games and Tred­well be­lieves early runs will be key to their chances of suc­cess. Rob Key has scored just 80 runs in five in­nings while over half of open­ing part­ner Sam North­east’s 119 from five knocks came in one game against Sur­rey. No.3 Sam Billings has man­aged just 71 runs, Dar­ren Stevens 118 and Alex Blake 68. Tred­well ad­mit­ted: “The main area where we haven’t quite done it is that top-or­der. If we can get slightly big­ger scores on the board, whether we’re chas­ing or set­ting to­tals then we give our­selves a bet­ter chance of win­ning the game. “We need play­ers to go on and make big scores and put to­gether part­ner­ships.” Tred­well and coach Jimmy Adams have cho­sen to rest ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers dur­ing the cam­paign to date, but Tred­well said they have not de­cided whether to per­se­vere with the tac­tic. He added: “We went down a par­tic­u­lar route in the first five games, maybe that will re­main, maybe that will change. It may be a good op­por­tu­nity to have a look at a few play­ers if that’s the way we de­cide we want to go. “We’ve not played the cricket we would like in the com­pe­ti­tion to date and there are ar­eas we need to im­prove on. We have spo­ken about them. We need to turn them around and we want to turn in bet­ter per­for­mances with bat and ball.”

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