Cow­drey: It was in­cred­i­ble


Kentish Express Ashford & District - - - By Richard Har­vey

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.

Pic­ture: Barry Good­win

Kent spin­ner Adam Ri­ley has caught the

eye this sea­son

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