Crawley making the most of opportunities
Kent Cricket’s opening batsman Zak Crawley is hoping to stake a claim for a place in the side when the season starts in April.
Crawley, who turned 20 last week, hit is maiden List A half-century in Kent’s opening match of the Super50 series tournament in Antigua.
He scored 60 off 73 balls as they were beaten by 35 runs by Guyana and then was left stranded on 99 not out in the county’s nine-wicket win against Leeward Islands Hurricanes on Tuesday.
The Hurricanes were bowled out for 183 thanks to three wickets each for Will Gidman and Ivan Thomas.
Crawley and Dickson (44 not out) put on an unbeaten 106 run partnership to see Kent home with nine wickets to spare.
Speaking after the Guyana match, Crawley said: “It’s great preparation for the season and if I can manage to get a few scores, then hopefully I can get a bit of confidence into the early season. It’s important for me to get my head down on this trip and make a claim to play in the summer.”
Kent had restricted Guyana to 233 thanks to a career best 5-31 from Mitch Claydon. They then suffered a middle-order collapse after Crawley had scored 60 as they lost by 35 runs.
Allan Donald has started his role as assistant coach of the club and is leading the tour with 2nd XI coach Min Patel.
Head coach Matt Walker is in Australia as part of the England T20 coaching set-up.
Former South African international Donald was full of praise for Kent’s bowling attack as they bowled out Jamaica for 156 in their second Super50 match on Sunday.
Thomas and Joe Denly both took career bests – of 4-30 and 4-35 respectively – in Kent’s four-wicket win. Alex Blake hit 74 not out in the successful run chase.
Donald said: “Ivan Thomas was fantastic and Mitch Claydon was just very simple and bowled a good spell in the first five overs for not much damage.”
The South African added: “Captain Joe Denly was fantastic and I look forward to working with him and he will be a great asset in four-day cricket for us as well. He’s got great control and composure and there’s no doubt in Championship cricket he will be an asset”
Crawley is enjoying working with Donald and believes he has already had a positive impact with the squad.
He said: “He has brought an intensity to the squad and demands a lot from us in the field. You can feel there is a different buzz around our fielding.”