Kent hard done by
Sam Northeast bemoaned the weather and the Duckworth-Lewis method after Kent’s narrow defeat to Glamorgan on Sunday. Kent were forced off by light rain for a 90-minute spell midway through their innings but after the game was shortened to 42 overs aside, Sam Billings (106 not out from just 54 balls) and Joe Denly (104 not out) blitzed their way to a total of 290-3. The target for the visitors was, however, only increased to 293 under the Duckworth Lewis method from their 42 overs leaving Spitfires fans and Northeast feeling hard done by after the visitors sneaked a threewicket win with seven balls to spare. Northeast admitted after losing the toss his side had not ‘quite got it right’ with the ball but claimed they had been ‘done on Duckworth-Lewis.’ He said: “We feel a little hard done by with their total. I don’t think the DL is meant for this type of 50-over cricket. “When you have so many overs of powerplay, it felt a little unjust. “We had 90% powerplay and they had 40-odd overs to have a smash. It didn’t feel quite right. We set our stall out at the beginning to bat 50 overs. When you have five players in for the majority of the time, it’s pretty tough. “Those type of games you’d like to be chasing. We couldn’t have asked any more from the batting unit, though. Sam Billings showed what a class act he is and Joe Denly’s knock was outstanding. The bowlers just didn’t quite get it right.” On Friday, Kent lost by four wickets at Hove against Sussex in the NatWest T20 Blast – this after a eightrun win over Hampshire at the Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence, two days earlier in the same competition.