Qayyum’s promis­ing start thrills Walker

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Sport -

Spin­ner Im­ran Qayyum has played him­self into Kent’s NatWest T20 plans af­ter just two first-team out­ings. The 24-year-old left-armer was handed his Spit­fires de­but against Glouces­ter­shire at Chel­tenham last Thurs­day and then took 2-19 from four overs against the same op­po­nents at Can­ter­bury on Tues­day night. With a trip to Rich­mond to face Qayyum’s home county and for­mer club Mid­dle­sex tonight (Thurs­day), Walker ad­mit­ted: “Im­ran is most def­i­nitely in our thoughts, “I think you saw the ris­ing of a star. It’s early in his ca­reer but he’s bowled well in his first two games – al­though he had some as­sis­tance (from the pitch) on Tues­day night. “He showed what he can do at Chel­tenham and he’s put him­self right in the frame. It’s what we want our young play­ers to do. When they put in per­for­mances like that, it’s a good headache to have.” Qayyum is des­per­ate to get a crack against Mid­dle­sex’s starstud­ded line-up. He said: “You al­ways want to play against the best play­ers and Bren­don McCul­lum has played all around the world. “It’s a mas­sive match for me be­cause Mid­dle­sex was my home county. I grew up there KENT’S NEXT FIVE GAMES ... T20 July 27 Som­er­set (Can­ter­bury) ...T20 July 30 Glam­or­gan (Can­ter­bury) so it’s al­ways a game close to my heart, whether I’m in the first or se­cond team. They have got some good play­ers but we are a top T20 side and I’m sure we’ll come out and per­form like we should.” Re­flect­ing on his progress, Qayyum ad­mit­ted: “It was great to get my de­but (last week) af­ter be­ing on the staff for four years. “I’ve waited quite a while to get some first team op­por­tu­ni­ties but they are start­ing to come now so hope­fully I can hold my place and keep try­ing my best each time I go out on the field. “We were right up for it but Glouces­ter on the day had bet­ter skills. “We did pretty well with the ball. Look­ing at the Can­ter­bury scores that was a be­low-par score. We need to re­assess the way we bat­ted.”

Pic­ture: Andy Jones FM4855758

Kent Spit­fires’ Im­ran Qayyum

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