Plenty to think about

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

DJ Bell-Drum­mond not out ................. 84 SR Dick­son lbw b Pat­tin­son ................0 JL Denly lbw b Pat­tin­son.....................0 SA North­east c Mul­laney b Pat­tin­son...0 SW Billings b Fletcher .......................30 DI Stevens c Read b Fletcher ............10 WRS Gid­man b Gur­ney ......................25 AP Rouse c Wes­sels b Mul­laney ........22 MT Coles c Wes­sels b Mul­laney ..........4 AP Milne b Mul­laney ...........................0 ME Clay­don b Ball ...............................0 Ex­tras (lb3, nb2) .................................5

1-36, 2- 45, 3-52, 4-274, 5-326, 6-336, 7-345, 8-346, 9-366, 10-371

MT Coles 23-2-99-3, DI Stevens 20-7-46-1, AF Milne 23-3-77-1, ME Clay­don 21-4- 68-1, WRS Gid­man 10-1-48-2, JL Denly 7-1-19-1 DJ Bell-Drum­mond b Ball ...................6 SR Dick­son c Mul­laney b Gur­ney.......12 JL Denly c Read b Fletcher ...............19 SA North­east c Read b Gur­ney ............5 SW Billings re­tired not out.................39 WRS Gid­man b Mul­laney ...................26 JJ Weatherley b Pat­tin­son.................16 DI Stevens re­tired hurt ......................31 AP Rouse c Pa­tel b Mul­laney .............35 MT Coles c Read b Gur­ney ..................0 AF Milne c Read b Fletcher ...............51 ME Clay­don not out .............................7 Ex­tras (b4, lb3, w1, nb10) .................18 Matt Walker ad­mits he has some de­ci­sions to make ahead of Kent’s open­ing game of the NatWest T20 Blast cam­paign on Sun­day.

The Spit­fires host Es­sex Ea­gles at Beck­en­ham (3pm) and are ex­pected to draft over­seas pace­man Adam Milne and all-rounder Jimmy Nee­sham into the side, while all-rounder Darren Stevens is avail­able after miss­ing this week’s Cham­pi­onship game after a con­cus­sion against Not­ting­hamshire the pre­vi­ous week and Sam Billings is back for the sum­mer.

With white-ball ace Alex Blake also in the frame and teenage prospect Zak Craw­ley hav­ing cracked an un­beaten 109 from 65 balls in a 2nd XI win over Mid­dle­sex – a game in which Calum Haggett col­lected his se­cond four-wicket haul in as many T20 matches, Walker has plenty of op­tions.

He said: “There are some de­ci­sions to be made, that’s for sure.

“We are ex­cited about the T20 com­pe­ti­tion and I think Jimmy might be the fi­nal piece in the jig­saw for us.

“He was some­one we tar­geted right from the start and I’m glad we were able to get it done.

“He’s a multi-di­men­sional crick­eter, bats, bowls and is a great fielder and he only adds to what is al­ready an ex­cit­ing squad, after the ad­di­tion of Milne and the qual­ity play­ers we al­ready have.”

He added: “We know what we are ca­pa­ble of in this for­mat, we are ca­pa­ble of beat­ing any team on our day, but it’s up to us to go out and do it in what is an ex­tremely com­pet­i­tive South Group.

“It’s not just us that has two over­seas play­ers and a qual­ity squad, ev­ery team will be sit­ting there think­ing this could be there year – they are all dan­ger­ous sides.”

Zealand pace­man Adam Milne hopes to have a big im­pact when the Kent Spit­fires be­gin their NatWest T20 Blast cam­paign against Es­sex this week­end.

The 25-year-old is a reg­u­lar in the Black Caps’ white-ball sides and is set to start along­side his in­ter­na­tional team-mate Jimmy Nee­sham when the Ea­gles head to Beck­en­ham on Sun­day (3pm).

He said: “I’m ex­cited to be part of the Kent side. I’ll go out and do my best. I’m a fast bowler, I’ll be look­ing to bowl quick, be ag­gres­sive and hope­fully take some wick­ets.”

Kent were in­debted to the weather as they claimed a pink ball draw against the odds against Not­ting­hamshire at Trent Bridge on Thurs­day night.

De­spite con­ced­ing a first-in­nings deficit of 191 in their Spec­savers County Cham­pi­onship Di­vi­sion 2 day-night match and then set­ting the hosts a tar­get of 75 for vic­tory, Kent were saved by heavy rain and Notts never got the chance to se­cure a vic­tory.

Opener Daniel Bell-Drum­mond car­ried his bat for 84 in Kent’ s first in­nings of 180 while Kiwi Adam Milne marked his de­but with a half-cen­tury in the se­cond in­nings. Kent re­main third in the ta­ble. Kent young­ster Ol­lie Robin­son has been se­lected for the Eng­land un­der-19 squad to play In­dia this sum­mer in four-day and one-day se­ries.

The 18-year-old Sid­cup-born wick­et­keeper made his se­nior de­but on Kent’s FGS Plant Tour to the West Indies ear­lier this year and could rep­re­sent his coun­try on his home ground on Wed­nes­day, Au­gust 9.

Eng­land play In­dia at The Spit­fire Ground, St Lawrence, as part of an ex­tended fes­ti­val with the Royal Lon­don Un­der-19 ODI pre­ceded by a first class match be­tween Kent and the West Indies (Au­gust 6-8) with NatWest T20 Blast matches on Au­gust 4 and 11.

Pic­ture: Barry Good­win FM4834336

1-6, 2- 6, 3- 6, 4-52, 5-70, 6-125, 7-163, 8-173, 9-173, 10-180.

JT Ball 12-3-52-1, JL Pat­tin­son 12- 4-30-3, LJ Fletcher 13- 0-46-2, HF Gur­ney 13-3-42-1, SR Pa­tel 1- 0-5- 0, SJ Mul­laney 3-1-2-3. SJ Mul­laney c Rouse b Coles ..........168 JD Libby c Dick­son b Stevens ...........16 BRM Tay­lor c Rouse b Milne ...............6 SR Pa­tel b Coles .................................4 ADHales c Dick­son b Denly ...............85 MH Wes­sels c Rouse b Gid­man .........17 CMW Read not out ............................20 JL Pat­tin­son b Coles ...........................4 LJ Fletcher c sub b Gid­man ................0 JT Ball c Gid­man b Clay­don ..............19 HF Gur­ney run out...............................0 Ex­tras (b1, lb13, w6, nb12) ...............32 Sean Dick­son hit a record-break­ing 318 against Northamp­ton­shire at Beck­en­ham

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