Joy for Spit­fires at last with vic­tory over hold­ers

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - - By Alex Hoad

Spit­fires skip­per James Tred­well hailed a “fan­tas­tic ef­fort” from his side af­ter they reg­is­tered their first Friends Life t20 win of the sum­mer at the sixth time of ask­ing with a sur­prise eight-run vic­tory at de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Hamp­shire on Sun­day.

The Spit­fires handed first com­pe­ti­tion starts to Daniel Bell-Drum­mond and Fabian Cow­drey, who put on 55 for the open­ing wicket at Southamp­ton in six and a half overs.

Cow­drey went first, bowled by Danny Briggs for 21, while Bell-Drum­mond was caught off Briggs (3-19) in the next over for 27.

Briggs also ac­counted for Dar­ren Stevens (14), while Alex Blake (9) and Geraint Jones (1) fol­low­ing soon af­ter as the vis­i­tors fell to 94-5 in the 14th over.

Sam Billings (26) stead­ied the in­nings, putting on 24 with Ver­non Phi­lan­der be­fore de­part­ing with 17 balls left.

Matt Coles was caught by Michael Car­berry off So­hail Tan­vir (3-29) for one, while Phi­lan­der was caught be­hind

‘It was a fan­tas­tic ef­fort

to de­fend that to­tal against a side like that’

Pic­ture: Barry Good­win Pic­tures: Barry Good­win

HARD YARDS: Kent pace­man Char­lie Shreck fires in a de­liv­ery with the new ball against Hamp­shire HOT­TING UP: For­mer Kent player Michael Car­berry in full flow at the crease for Hamp­shire on the first day of the cham­pi­onship game. Be­low, play­ers take on flu­ids at The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence. Left, Spit­fires cap­tain James Tred­well

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