Nee­sham: Bowlers nailed it


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

Jimmy Nee­sham claimed it took ‘a hell of an ef­fort’ from Kent’s bowlers to turn the tide and se­cure a mem­o­rable win at Hamp­shire on Tues­day night.

The hosts needed just 52 runs from the fi­nal seven overs and later 24 from the last 18 balls to en­sure a win which would have dented Kent’s hopes of a knock­out place in NatWest T20 Blast.

How­ever, Nee­sham went for two in the 18th, Matt Coles con­ceded six from the penul­ti­mate over and Mitch Clay­don al­lowed 10 off the fi­nal over to seal a mem­o­rable win.

Nee­sham said: “In this for­mat it only takes two or three good overs no mat­ter how far be­hind the game you are. The way Mitchy and Matt came out in those last two overs and closed the game out for us was ex­cep­tional.

“It all laid on the foun­da­tions of what guys like Daniel Bell-Drum­mond and Joe Denly did up front on what was a rea­son­ably dif­fi­cult wicket to bat on – to get us to a par to­tal and give us some­thing to de­fend was cru­cial.”

Nee­sham claimed the wicket of Eng­land man Liam Daw­son in his stingy fi­nal over and said: “In those sorts of sit­u­a­tions you don’t have a lot to lose be­cause you’re be­hind the game.

“You have prac­ticed a whole lot of york­ers in the week and over the past 10 years and you hope they come out at that time and thank­fully they did.

“Then you can rely on your team-mates to come through and back you up and the way Colesy and Mitchy did that was out­stand­ing.”

He added: “I wouldn’t say we were con­fi­dent. We knew there was al­ways a pos­si­bil­ity, you’re never out of the game com­pletely and we knew hav­ing bat­ted on it ear­lier that it was quite tough to get go­ing for the mid­dle-or­der bats­men.

“It was hard to hit from ball one, so we knew if we could get a cou­ple of wick­ets in those last few overs and get new guys in it would be tough to chase any­thing north of eight or nine.”

Kent posted 159-6 af­ter reach­ing 91-1 in the 11th over and Nee­sham said: “There was a bit of de­bate about our score. I thought 159 was about par, a cou­ple of guys thought about 170.

“The way Hamp­shire got off to a flier ren­dered what­ever we thought par was pretty use­less, the way they came out at the top was im­pres­sive and it took a hell of an ef­fort to pull them back.”

Kent got back to win­ning ways af­ter fall­ing short against Glam­or­gan on Sun­day and Nee­sham said: “One of the good things about our chang­ing room is that no­body hides from their re­spon­si­bil­i­ties and we had a pretty hon­est and up front chat about the game on Sun­day.

“Guys took a lot on the chin. Com­ing out here and putting a per­for­mance like that on the board harks back to that. It’s ob­vi­ously a whole team unit and the win is what mat­ters.”

‘The way Mitchy and Matt closed the game out was ex­cep­tional’

Pic­ture: Andy Jones FM4855778

Jimmy Nee­sham, left, and Matt Coles were key fig­ures with the ball at Hamp­shire

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