No room for er­ror in Blast bid

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Kent Cricket - By Alex Hoad

Sam North­east ad­mits there is prob­a­bly no room for er­ror if Kent Spit­fires are to se­cure a re­turn to the knock­out stages of the NatWest T20 Blast.

The skip­per saw his side fall well short in their lat­est game against Mid­dle­sex at the Spit­fire Ground, St Lawrence, on Fri­day night, with the vis­i­tors in­flict­ing a fifth de­feat in seven South Group games on last year’s group win­ners and beaten quar­ter-fi­nal­ists.

Bren­dan McCul­lum and Dawid Malan’s cen­tury stand in less than nine overs laid the foun­da­tions for the 40-run win and North­east ad­mit­ted: “When a team scores 210 runs against you it’s go­ing to take a se­ri­ously good ef­fort to chase that down. We just didn’t bowl well enough.”

He claimed: “Malan and McCul­lum took the game away from us. From ball one they struck it very cleanly – we were try­ing to play catch-up the whole game, re­ally.

“We’re go­ing to have to have a pretty se­ri­ous look at how we go about things bowl­ing-wise, es­pe­cially plans etc and then we’re go­ing to have to win prob­a­bly six out of our seven re­main­ing games or even all seven to qual­ify.”

North­east claimed there were some pos­i­tives to take – two stun­ning catches from James Tred­well, four wick­ets from Dar­ren Stevens and a ca­reer-best 71 from Fabian Cow­drey.

He said: “I thought there were some good parts – I thought Treddy and Stevo bowled well, but when they’ve got mo­men­tum like that they can keep go­ing through that mid­dle pe­riod.

“We were a lit­tle bit sloppy at times and also slow on the over rate and got done for six runs there. A lot of things didn’t go our way and to chase 210 is a big ask.”

He added: “We wanted to get ahead of the game but we lost two quick wick­ets. We then stead­ied it a lit­tle bit but then I got out at the wrong time – I prob­a­bly needed to go on and get a big one which is a shame.

“Fabian played re­ally nicely in a tricky sit­u­a­tion – he’d have had to have played a very good knock to get us over the line there. He showed ev­ery­one what he can do. Hope­fully go­ing for­ward we can see a bit more of him.

“You’re not go­ing to win too many games chas­ing 210 – ev­ery­thing would have had to go pretty well.” BB McCul­lum not out ........................87 D Malan c Tred­well b Stevens ...........60 PR Stir­ling c Tred­well b Stevens ........12 JEC Franklin run out ...........................1 JK Fuller b Stevens .............................1 JA Simp­son c Blake b Stevens ............2 NRT Gub­bins c North­east b Hunn ......11 RF Hig­gins not out ............................17 Ex­tras (b 1, lb 4, w 42, nb 4, pen 6) ...19 JL Denly c Franklin b Roland-Jones ....6 SA North­east c Pod­more b Franklin ...41 FK Cow­drey c Fuller b Roland-Jones .71 AJ Blake c Fuller b Sowter ..................3 SW Billings c Pod­more b Fuller ...........7 DI Stevens c Sowter b Fuller .............17 JC Tred­well not out ............................... 10 ME Clay­don not out .............................2 Ex­tras (lb 3, w 2, nb 8) ........................7

1- 0, 2-19, 3-76, 4-97, 5-131, 6-145, 7-164.

TS Roland-Jones 4- 0-24-3, JK Fuller 4- 0-38-2, HW Pod­more 3- 0-33- 0, JEC Franklin 3- 0-31-1, NA Sowter 4- 0-16-1, PR Stir­ling 2- 0-25- 0. JA Ru­dolph lbw b Stevens...................6 MA Wal­lace b Coles ............................0 WD Bragg c Rouse b Clay­don............35 CB Cooke c Latham b Clay­don ..........46 AHT Don­ald c Rouse b Clay­don ...........9 DL Lloyd c Tred­well b Haggett ...........26 GG Wagg c Tred­well b Clay­don ..........83 CAJ Meschede c Rouse b Haggett.....78 AG Sal­ter not out...............................20 T van der Gugten c Rouse b Haggett ...4 MG Ho­gan c Rouse b Clay­don ...........20 Ex­tras ...............................................24

1-5, 2-7, 3-95, 4-100, 5-129, 6-137, 7-297, 8-308, 9-318, 10-351.

MT Coles 20-2-96-1, DI Stevens 18-5-54-1, ME Clay­don 234-106-5, CJ Haggett 18-2-70-3, JC Tred­well 1- 0-11- 0. SA North­east c Wal­lace b Wagg ..........6 SR Dick­son c Wal­lace b van der Gugten .. 75 DI Stevens b Meschede ....................14 AP Rouse lbw b Ho­gan ......................65 CJ Haggett c Wal­lace b van der Gugten .24 JC Tred­well not out ...........................37 MT Coles c Bragg b Ho­gan..................0 ME Clay­don lbw b van der Gugten.......0 Ex­tras ..............................................11

T van der Gugten 26.3-479-5, MG Ho­gan 19-8-24-2, GG Wagg 25-4-90-2, CAJ Meschede 12-1-481, AG Sal­ter 6- 0-32- 0. JA Ru­dolph c Haggett b Clay­don .......11 MA Wal­lace c sub (CF Jack­son) b Coles .52 WD Bragg b Coles .............................22 CB Cooke lbw b Clay­don ...................17 AHT Don­ald lbw b Tred­well ...............67 DL Lloyd c Latham b Clay­don..............0

ME Clay­don 15-4-50-3, DI Stevens 12-3-28- 0, MT Coles 163- 47-2, JC Tred­well 12-1- 64-1, CJ Haggett 9-2-39- 0, JL Denly 5- 0-240, TWM Latham 2- 0-5- 0, SR Dick­son 1- 0- 4- 0, SA North­east 1- 0-1- 0.

PW Glam­or­gan ....... 7 5 Glouces­ter ....... 8 5 Mid­dle­sex ........ 7 4 Sus­sex............. 7 3 Sur­rey.............. 8 4 Som­er­set ......... 7 3 Es­sex ............... 4 Glam­or­gan ....... 4 Som­er­set ......... 4 Kent................. 4 Mid­dle­sex ........ 4 Hamp­shire ....... 4 Sur­rey.............. 4 Glouces­ter ....... 4 Sus­sex............. 4

Pic­tures: Barry Good­win

Sam North­east on his way to 191 dur­ing Kent’s first in­nings against Der­byshire this week in the Spec­savers County Cham­pi­onship Di­vi­sion 2 clash at Can­ter­bury. In­set above, Sam Billings is bowled for four and, in­set left, Adam Ball hits the ground after avoid­ing a bouncer

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