Cowdrey: It was incredible
DRAMATIC FINISH SEES ROLLER COASTER GAME END TIED
Young Kent all-rounder Fabian Cowdrey described the Royal London One-Day Cup clash with Surrey at the Kia Oval on Tuesday as like being on a roller coaster.
And the Group B match certainly had plenty of thrills before it ended in a dramatic tie.
Surrey, chasing Kent’s 314-8, needed 16 off the final over bowled by Aussie paceman Mitch Claydon.
Zafar Ansari (27 not out) hit Claydon for six off the first ball, scored two off the next before hitting another maximum off the third.
He then took a single off the next ball leaving former England spinner Gareth Batty with the task of scoring the winning run off the final two balls.
He swung and missed at the penultimate ball before England one-day spinner James Tredwell ran him out to secure his side a point and keep the Spitfires unbeaten before last night’s (Wednesday) clash with Glamorgan at Canterbury.
Cowdrey, who scored a careerbest 75 off 87 balls, said it had been an unbelievable game to play in. He said: “It was incredible. The game swung both ways throughout the night.
“We were in the box seat one minute and then they were. I don’t think anyone would say there wasn’t a lack of drama.”
‘I thought Mitch did an outstanding job with the last three balls in a pressure environment’
Although Surrey got so close to winning, Cowdrey was full of praise for Claydon.
He said: “I thought Mitch did an outstanding job with the last three balls in a pressure environment.
“To concede just a single in three balls was a superb effort given the circumstances.”
Cowdrey also took a catch, made a run out and finished with figures of 1-46.
Earlier, Kent wicketkeeper Sam Billings’ form with the bat continued in spectacular fashion.
He hit six sixes and six fours in his 87 off just 42 balls before being caught off the bowling of Chris Tremlett.
Captain Sam Northeast had earlier scored 63 off 87 and together with Cowdrey, helped Kent make 314 after winning the toss and batting.
England paceman Tremlett was the pick of the bowlers for the home side with 4-38 from his 10 overs.
Doug Bollinger ensured the Surrey run chase started badly after he had Tillakaratne Dilshan caught behind by Billings for a golden duck with the sixth ball of the first over.
Dilshan’s opening partner Stephen Davies (58) and Vikram Solanki (83) kept the home side in the game before it came to its dramatic finale.
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