Fab’s ca­reer best gets put in the shade

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Kent Cricket -

Kent all-rounder Fabian Cow­drey Fabian Cow­drey claims his ca­reerbest T20 knock means lit­tle after see­ing Kent blown-away by Mid­dle­sex for a fifth NatWest T20 Blast de­feat in seven games. Kent suf­fered a 40-run hum­bling in South Group on Fri­day night. Some su­perb field­ing from James Tred­well and 4-31 for Dar­ren Stevens re­stricted the vis­i­tors to a to­tal of 210-6, which might have been far worse, de­spite Bren­dan McCul­lum car­ry­ing his bat for a su­perb 87 not out from just 57 balls. McCul­lum hit four fours and five sixes as the vis­i­tors to­tal was boosted by a six-run penalty for slow play for the Spit­fires. How­ever, de­spite an eye­catch­ing ca­reer-best 71 from Cow­drey, only Sam North­east’s 41 gave him any sup­port as Kent fell well short in front of a bumper crowd of more than 5,000 on a glo­ri­ous evening at the Spit­fire Ground, St Lawrence. Cow­drey ad­mit­ted: “It was 29 short (of a cen­tury) but that’s one of those things. “It’s dif­fi­cult to com­mem­o­rate a ca­reer-best in­nings when you’ve gone down in flames, sadly. “It’s one of those things, we’ll con­tinue to be pos­i­tive and hope­fully we can do some­thing spe­cial. We’re per­fectly ca­pa­ble of that. Fin­gers crossed. We’re onto the next one.” Kent face Sus­sex in a tele­vised T20 at Can­ter­bury to­day (Thurs­day, 6.30pm) with a trip to Chelms­ford to face Es­sex to­mor­row (Fri­day, 7pm). Cow­drey has en­dured a stop-start cam­paign but said it was sat­is­fy­ing to show­case his tal­ent. He said: “It’s been a dif­fi­cult one for me to get go­ing. I’ve come in ei­ther at the end or been com­ing in to stem the flow of wick­ets, so play­ing with free­dom can be a lit­tle bit tough when you’re think­ing about set­ting it up for the likes of our three strik­ers in our mid­dle or­der. “It’s nice to get go­ing and show I can hit a few bound­aries when I’m in a bit of nick.”

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Kent wick­et­keeper Adam Rouse

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