Latham could re­turn in Cham­pi­onship

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Kent Cricket -

Overseas star Tom Latham could come back into the reck­on­ing as Kent re­turn to red-ball cricket on Sun­day against Glam­or­gan. The Kiwi bats­man has been omit­ted from the white-ball team this week af­ter mak­ing just 16 runs in his pre­vi­ous two 50-over ap­pear­ances com­bined and 12 in his sole in­nings in two T20 ap­pear­ances. In their first Cham­pi­onship game for three weeks Kent will be seek­ing to fol­low-up their 10-wicket romp against the Welsh last month – a match which saw Latham share two open­ing cen­tury stands with Daniel Bel­lDrum­mond. His 53 and 79 not out made him the first Kent player to score fifties in each in­nings of their first ap­pear­ance, though he had 35 runs in the three Cham­pi­onship in­nings be­fore their white-ball block. Skip­per Sam North­east ad­mit­ted: “There have been se­lec­tion dilemmas for the past few weeks – to leave some­one like Tom out is un­be­liev­able, an in­ter­na­tional player. “He’s been bril­liant, sup­port­ing the team, he’s a great man to have in the chang­ing room – he’s qual­ity. “It shows you where we are as a side at the mo­ment if he’s not get­ting in the side.” North­east ad­mit­ted the squad would be amended af­ter Friday night’s T20 in Cardiff, adding: “Some peo­ple driv­ing up on Satur­day and some driv­ing back. “Tom is a high qual­ity player but we felt like we needed an ex­tra bowler to bal­ance the side out. If the bat­ting line-up keeps fir­ing there’s no need for Tom at the mo­ment.” Kent are third, 11 points be­hind Di­vi­sion 2 lead­ers Es­sex in the race for one pro­mo­tion spot and North­east added: “The good thing is we’re very much in the com­pe­ti­tion in red-ball, we’ve been go­ing well in that. “In seasons past at the half-way point we’ve been strug­gling and need some se­ri­ous wins to get up there but we’re right up there and there’s a lot to play for.” DJ Bell-Drum­mond c Hose b van der Merwe... 68 JL Denly c Hose b Gre­gory ................12 SA North­east c van der Merwe b Waller ..64 SW Billings c Waller b Gre­gory ..........29 AJ Blake not out ...............................36 DI Stevens c Groe­newald b Gre­gory ....4 FK Cow­drey c Gre­gory b Groe­newald ..9 Ex­tras (lb3, w6)...................................9

1-56, 2-128, 3-176, 4-187, 5-196, 6-231.

C Over­ton 6-1-43-0, TD Groe­newald 6-0-50-1, PD Trego 1-016-0, L Gre­gory 6-0-37-3, MTC Waller 5-0-35-1, RE van der Merwe 4-0-27-1, J Al­lenby 2-0-20-1. JG My­burgh c Billings c Coles .............4 AJ Hose lbw b Stevens .....................10 PD Trego c Coles b Cow­drey .............23 J Al­lenby b Stevens.............................0 JC Hil­dreth b Tredwell.......................18 L Gre­gory c Coles b Cow­drey ..............5 RE van der Merwe c Billings b Thomas ..29 AWR Bar­row c Coles b Thomas .........27 C Over­ton b Coles ...............................8 MTC Waller c Coles b Thomas.............5 TD Groe­newald not out .......................1 Ex­tras (lb3, w3)...................................6

1-5, 2-35, 3-35, 4-44, 5-60, 6-64, 7-117, 8-125, 9-135, 10-136.

ME Clay­don 3-1-11-0, MT Coles 4.2-0-21-2, IAA Thomas 5-0-31-3, DI Stevens 3-1-14-2, FK Cow­drey 6-0-38-2, JC Tredwell 3-0-18-1. DJ Bell-Drum­mond c Cooke b Ho­gan ..31 TWM Latham c Ho­gan b Wagg ............9 JL Denly not out..............................104 SA North­east c Don­ald b van der Gugten .26 SW Billings not out..........................106 Ex­tras (b1, lb2, w9, nb2) ...................14 1-30, 2-62, 3-120.

GG Wagg 9-2-67-1, T van der Gugten 8-0-60-1, MG Ho­gan 9-0-61-1, CAJ Meschede 8-0-360, DA Cosker 7-0-52-0, CA In­gram 1-0-11-0. JA Ru­dolph c Blake b Tredwell..........24 DL Lloyd c Latham b Coles................65 WD Bragg c Blake b Tredwell............52 CA In­gram not out .............................95 AHT Don­ald c Latham b Tredwell ........9 CB Cooke b Coles .............................21 GG Wagg run out Coles .......................8 CAJ Meschede run out Latham ...........8 T van der Gugten not out ....................6 Ex­tras (lb4, nb2) .................................6

1-63, 2-146, 3-147, 4-183. 5-238, 6-257, 7-269.

MT Coles 9-0-52-2, DI Stevens 8-0-48-0, DA Grif­fiths 7-0-590, ME Clay­don 8.5-0-76-0, JC Tredwell 8-0-55-3. DJ Bell-Drum­mond b Jordan.............17 JL Denly c and b Wiese.....................11 SA North­east c Nash b Wiese ............53 TWM Latham c Tay­lor b Beer ............12 SW Billings lbw b Beer ......................10 DI Stevens c Beer b Jordan ...............17 AJ Blake c Wright b Jordan .................3 MT Coles b Mills .................................2 JC Tredwell c and b Mills ....................3 ME Clay­don not out .............................1 DA Grif­fiths c Brown b Mills ................0 Ex­tras (b5, lb3, w1, nb2) ...................11

1-30, 2-40, 3-64, 4-99, 5-113, 6-131, 7-134, 8-136, 9-139, 10-140.

A Shahzad 2-0-7-0, TS Mills 4-1-15-3, D Wiese 4-0-33-2, CJ Jordan 4-0-18-3, DR Briggs 2-0-23-0, WAT Beer 4-0-36-2. CD Nash lbw b Grif­fiths .....................15 LJ Wright c Denly b Coles ...................3 BC Brown c Clay­don .........................26 LRPL Tay­lor c Tredwell b Clay­don .....62 HZ Finch c Blake b Stevens.................2 CJ Jordan c Blake b Clay­don.............16 D Wiese not out ................................10 WAT Beer not out ................................2 Ex­tras (lb3, w2, nb2) ...........................7 DJ Bell-Drum­mond b Best ................35 JL Denly c Daw­son b Best ................59 SA North­east c Daw­son b An­drew .....38 SW Billings not out............................55 AJ Blake not out .................................0 Ex­tras (b 1, lb 2, w 1, nb 2) .................6 1-96, 2-98, 3-192.

TL Best 4- 0-38-2, WR Smith 1- 0-8- 0, GK Berg 2- 0-26- 0, GM An­drew 3- 0-25-1, DJG Sammy 2- 0-21- 0, Shahid Afridi 4- 0-39- 0, L A Daw­son 4- 0-33- 0. JHK Adams c Latham b Stevens .........5 LD McManus run out ..........................6 AJA Wheater b Thomas.....................19 SM Ervine run out .............................56 LA Daw­son c&b Tredwell ....................6 WR Smith run out ...............................9 Shahid Afridi c Stevens b Grif­fiths .....35 DJG Sammy c Billings b Grif­fiths .......30 GM An­drew run out .............................5 GK Berg not out ..................................4 TL Best not out ...................................1 Ex­tras (b 2, lb 3, w 2, nb 2) .................9 1- 6, 2-19, 3-51, 4- 63, 5-94, 6-112, 7-159, 8-180, 9-183. DI Stevens 4- 0-47-1, MT Coles 4- 0- 45- 0, DA Grif fiths 4- 0-242, I A A Thomas 4- 0-24-1, JC Tredwell 4- 0- 40-1. Kent 2, Hamp­shire 0 GD Lloyd and AG Wharf.

Pic­ture: Barry Good­win

Joe Denly on his way to 104 not out against Glam­or­gan

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