First team in Zak’s sights

The Cricket Paper - - FEATURE -

KENT’S teenage bats­man Zak Craw­ley has tar­geted a reg­u­lar place in the first-XI af­ter sign­ing a new long-term con­tract.

Craw­ley, 19, played in four County Cham­pi­onship games this sea­son af­ter scor­ing 62 on his first-class de­but against the West Indies in Au­gust.

He said: “I’ve re­ally en­joyed my cricket this sea­son. I started slowly but found some good form and it was great to get a few op­por­tu­ni­ties with the first team. Mak­ing my pro­fes­sional de­but was a dream come true and to do it for my home county was even more spe­cial.

“Scor­ing a 50 against in­ter­na­tional opposition gave me a lot of con­fi­dence af­ter a lot of hard work.

“We have a deep bat­ting line-up so I know I have to per­form and keep work­ing hard on my game to earn a spot in the first XI.”

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