NORTH­EAST WANTS SIDE TO LEARN FROM DE­FEATS

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Sport - By Alex Hoad

1-163, 2-187. JW Dern­bach 4- 0-30-2, SM Cur­ran 4- 0-37- 0, TK Cur­ran 4- 0-400, R Ram­paul 3.3- 0-42- 0, GJ Batty 2- 0-28- 0, DP Si­b­ley 2- 0-28- 0.

1-45, 2-56, 3-72, 4-84, 5-87, 6-127, 7-128, 8-133.

MD Tay­lor 4- 0-26-1, DA Payne 4- 0-29-2, CJ Lid­dle 4- 0-32-1, TMJ Smith 3- 0-23- 0, BAC How­ell 4- 029-4, K Noema-Bar­nett 1- 0-11- 0. M Klinger b Tred­well .........................13 P Mus­tard c North­east b Im­ran Qayyum ..42 IA Cock­bain c Coles b Milne ..............31 CT Ban­croft not out ...........................34 BAC How­ell c Bell-Drum­mond b Milne .. 22 JMR Tay­lor not out..............................4 Ex­tras (b4, lb4, nb2)..........................10 Sam North­east says con­sis­tency is the key to get the Spit­fires fir­ing in NatWest T20 Blast.

The highs of eye-catch­ing vic­to­ries over Es­sex and Sur­rey have been fol­lowed by dis­ap­point­ing losses to Glouces­ter­shire and the skip­per hopes his side can learn the lessons and bounce back at Rich­mond to­day (Thurs­day, 5.30pm).

Af­ter see­ing Kent slip to an eightrun de­feat chas­ing just 139 at Can­ter­bury on Tues­day, North­east said: “I’d like to think the lads will re­ally take own­er­ship of their games be­fore Thurs­day.

“It’s a time to look at your­self and your own per­for­mance and think of ways you can get bet­ter.

“There’s no crit­i­cism here, it’s just me say­ing right, let’s just try and get bet­ter, be­cause we know when we’re good we’re very good. We just need to be a lit­tle more con­sis­tent.”

North­east claimed he ‘mis­judged the pitch’ at the Spit­fire Ground af­ter win­ning the toss and choos­ing to bat se­cond and added: “We ex­pected and asked for some­thing a bit quicker with a bit of pace but it suited them down to a tee re­ally.

“It wasn’t ideal. I’d have bat­ted first if I knew that would be the out­come. Still, 138 you’d like to think you chase it down.

“It re­minded me a bit of the Lan­cashire quar­ter-fi­nal in 2015 – a sim­i­lar pitch, you have to work hard for your runs, it was not a free-flow­ing sur­face.

“We’ve just got to be bet­ter at ma­nip­u­lat­ing the ball around the pitch and pick­ing up the ones and twos and tak­ing the odd risk here and there.

“No one re­ally got a hold of the con­di­tions out there but we have won two of four and we are very much in this com­pe­ti­tion. We need to kick-on. There are plenty of games to come. We need to put this to one side and win at Rich­mond.

“I have no idea what to ex­pect up there to be hon­est. We’ll take a lot of op­tions and have a look at it and make a de­ci­sion. We’ll hope­fully get a pitch ex­pert to come with us be­cause I got this one com­pletely wrong. We’ll have to wait and see.”

North­east hopes Adam Milne will be fit af­ter a thigh strain al­though Im­ran Qayyum has im­pressed in his two Blast ap­pear­ances so far.

North­east said: “He dealt with the pres­sure well. He’s a con­fi­dent lad and knows his game well for a young­ster. We’ve found one, he’s a good lad and con­stantly will­ing to learn.”

DJ Bell-Drum­mond c Pope b Dern­bach .. 64 JL Denly not out..............................116 SA North­east c Porter b Harmer ........33 SW Billings c T Cur­ran b Dern­bach....16 AJ Blake not out .................................2 Ex­tras (lb2, w5, nb2) ...........................9 DJ Bell-Drum­mond c Klinger b Payne .. 16 JL Denly c Smith b How­ell ................39 SA North­east c Smith b How­ell............5 SW Billings c M Tay­lor b How­ell ........36 JDS Nee­sham c Mus­tard b Lid­dle .......9 AJ Blake c Smith b M Tay­lor ...............2 DI Stevens c Klinger b Payne ............19 MT Coles c J Tay­lor b How­ell ..............0 AF Milne not out................................17 JC Tred­well not out .............................6 Ex­tras (b1, lb1, w1) .............................3

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