Coles hero­ics with the bat prove in vain

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Sport -

Matt Coles was left frus­trated af­ter Kent suf­fered their sec­ond de­feat in three Royal Lon­don OneDay Cup matches when they went down by five wick­ets against Es­sex at Chelms­ford last Wed­nes­day. A bril­liant in­nings of 91 off 52 balls from Coles, who was ably sup­ported by James Tred­well (47 not out) in an eighth-wicket stand of 140, helped Kent re­cover from 135-7 to 285-8. How­ever, half-cen­turies from New Zealan­der Jesse Ry­der and for­mer Eng­land man Ravi Bopara, plus 49 from opener Nick Browne, eased the home side to their tar­get with five balls to spare to give them first blood in the an­nual Bat­tle of the Bridge. How­ever, Coles felt the to­tal should have been enough to earn Kent vic­tory at Chelms­ford. He said: “I think we should have been able to de­fend that to­tal. “We knew it was go­ing to be tight. Fabian Cow­drey bowled very well for us, and so did James Tred­well. “I thought we started very well. But we ended up giv­ing away 23 ex­tras and that’s not bril­liant.” DJ Bell-Drum­mond b Quinn ..............28 JL Denly b Quinn ..............................28 SA North­east b Quinn........................19 FK Cow­drey st Fos­ter b Ashar Zaidi .....4 SW Billings st Fos­ter b Ashar Zaidi ....14 AJ Blake run out ...............................14 DI Stevens c Browne b Ashar Zaidi....21 MT Coles b ten Doeschate ................91 JC Tred­well not out ...........................47 ME Clay­don not out .............................8 Ex­tras (lb 3, w 8)...............................11 Es­sex ............... 4 Glam­or­gan ....... 4 Somerset ......... 4 Kent................. 4 Middlesex ........ 4 Hamp­shire ....... 4 Sur­rey.............. 4 Glouces­ter ....... 4 Sus­sex............. 4

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