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  • #46
    I was hoping to make the quarter finals, but we just missed out. A fairly decent campaign overall though. The bowlers were really good throughout, and we established our best attack fairly early on. I was particularly impressed with the efforts of Klaasen, Viljoen and Haggett. However, the batsmen were disappointing. Our openers were the best statistically, but tailed off towards the end, and none of the middle order were really that consistent, other than Blake who played the role of finisher quite well. Nobody averaged over 30, and this resulted in us chopping and changing the line up quite a bit. Our 2 allocated overseas players - Milne and Nabi - were largely disappointing. They were our 2 most expensive bowlers from players who played 7+ matches, and Nabi failed to make an impact with the bat. On the plus side, Viljoen, who is on a T20 only contract, was very good.

    Top Batsmen - Runs

    Joe Denly - 370 @ 28.46 (125.0 SR)
    Daniel Bell-Drummond - 354 @ 27.23 (115.3 SR)
    Sam Billings - 261 @ 20.08 (135.9 SR)
    Heino Kuhn - 207 @ 25.88 (109.5 SR)
    Alex Blake - 167 @ 27.83 (136.9 SR)

    Top Bowlers - Wickets

    Fred Klaassen - 20 @ 13.85 (6.60 Econ)
    Hardus Viljoen - 19 @ 19.37 (7.19 Econ)
    Adam Milne - 15 @ 26.40 (8.08 Econ)
    Callum Haggett - 13 @ 13.69 (7.63 Econ)
    Andy McBrine - 9 @ 20.78 (6.34 Econ)

    Highest Total: 174 vs Gloucestershire @ Bristol
    Lowest Total: 118 vs Surrey @ Canterbury AND 118 vs Gloucestershire @ Canterbury
    Highest Individual Innings: Daniel Bell-Drummond 88 vs Hampshire @ Southampton
    Best Bowling: Callum Haggett 5-26 vs Essex @ Chelmsford
    Highest Partnership: Daniel Bell-Drummond & Joe Denly 117 for the 1st wicket vs Gloucestershire @ Bristol
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    • #47
      We have 3 games to save ourselves from relegation. First up is an away trip to Notts. We revert back to our previous FC team that won vs Essex, but with the pitch expected to take spin we bring in McBrine for Kuhn. Renshaw, Stevens, Podmore, Milnes all come back in after sitting out the T20s.

      Crawley, Renshaw, Denly, Bell-Drummond, Robinson, Billings (c), McBrine, Stevens, Haggett, Podmore, Milnes

      The forecast for day 1 was rain and overcast all day so as the away team We exercise our right of an uncontested toss and opt to bowl first.

      We did manage to get Notts all out on Day 1, but they managed 50 or so more than I was hoping, ending on 272 all out. Podmore's incredible form continued with another 5-fer. Steven's also bowled well picking up 4 wickets. We safely saw out the 1 over remaining of Day 1. It could have been a lot worse as Notts were 131-1 at one stage.

      Sun was out on Day 2, although the pitch was already turning and Notts had Ashwin and Patel in their ranks. Our openers put on a great 100 partnership. Crawley converted a good start into a fantastic century, which makes that back to back 100s for the young man. 182-1 at tea quickly became 191-4. 47 from Billings saw us surpass Notts' 272, but we closed Day 2 286-7. If our tail could put on another 50-100 runs that should prove very useful on this pitch.

      A great 50 from Stevens took the lead to 75 before Notts took the final 3 wickets in quick succession to see us end 351 all out - a lead of 79. Notts begun well and reached 80-1 before we took 4 wickets for 37 to leave us in charge with the score 117-5. However, an incredibly frustrating 100 partnership between Mullaney and Wood built Notts a healthy lead. Notts closed the day 264-9 - leading by 185.

      Notts added a further 18 before eventually falling for 282 all out. We would need 204 for victory - it would not be easy on a pitch taking sharp turn. A 55 run opening partnership settled the nerves - with Crawley doing the bulk of the scoring. Renshaw fell for 15 but Crawley and Denly saw us through to lunch at 79-1. We required 125 runs in 2 sessions with 9 wickets left. Crawley and Denly put on 69 before both fell shortly before tea. We were 151-3 at tea, needing just 53 more for a remarkable victory. Bell-Drummond and Robinson put on another 50 partnership to take us home!! A fantastic victory and all round performance.

      Nottinghamshire - 272 all out (Libby 67; Podmore 5-84, Stevens 4-79)
      Kent - 351 all out (Crawley 114, Stevens 53; Ball 4-113, Ashwin 3-129)
      Nottinghamshire - 282 all out (Mullaney 120, Wood 58; Haggett 3-45)
      Kent - 204-3 (Crawley 67)

      Kent win by 7 wickets
      Points: Nottinghamshire 4, Kent 22
      MOTM: Zak Crawley

      Somerset had lost a very close game meaning we overtook them and moved out of the relegation zone. That's 2 wins in a row and next up were Yorkshire who are one above us in 6th. We would be confident of a result after our last 2 performances, with a number of players in form.


      • #48
        We were now away from home against a very strong Yorkshire team featuring Root, Bairstow, Rashid, as well as Lyth, Ballance, Olivier, Willey. We didn't require a 2nd spinner for this one so we dropped McBrine. Choosing the batsman to replace him was tough, and we considered Kuhn, Dickson, or giving a debut to one of the youngsters. In the end we went for Dickson who was in good form for the 2nds.

        Crawley, Renshaw, Denly, Dickson, Bell-Drummond, Billings (c), Robinson, Stevens, Haggett, Podmore, Milnes

        The forecast for day 1 was once again rain and overcast all day, so as the away team We exercise our right of an uncontested toss and opt to bowl first.

        We didn't use the overhead conditions well at all on Day 1 as Yorkshire scored quickly - especially in the first session - and made their way to 150-1, thanks to an Adam Lyth 93. However, we fought back well, and Yorkshire ended the Day 1 325-9. The good news for us is that Somerset were struggling too in their match vs Hampshire.

        Yorkshire added 7 to their total on Day 2 before Stevens - the pick of our bowlers - took the final wicket - 332 all out. The sun was out today, and it was a good wicket, so we'd hope to build a healthy lead. Both openers fell as we reached 57-2 at lunch. This brought the recalled Dickson to the crease, who was dropped in the slips on 0! He made the most of this reprieve and made an unbeaten 50 to take us to tea at 181-3, trailing by 151. However, a disastrous final session saw us lose our final 7 wickets (including Robinson retired hurt) for 90 runs. We were trailing by 61, and that was close of play. We would need a big effort with the ball on Day 3.

        We started the day well having Yorkshire 37-3. However, this brought Root and Bairstow to the crease, and the latter was in no mood to dig in, as he raced to 50 from just 44 balls, Yorkshire reaching 126-3 at lunch. We offered more control after tea and Stevens picked up Root for 48. However, Bairstow brought up his century off 127 balls. Yorkshire were 253-4 at tea, and we were wondering when the declaration was coming. We picked up the sole wicket of Kohler-Cadmore before the declaration came 45 minutes before close. Yorkshire had inexplicably left Bairstow stranded on 196*! They finished 362-5, meaning we would need 425 to win in just over 3 sessions. Chasing victory was an unrealistic target, so we would have to try and dig in to save a draw. To make life even harder, Robinson was injured so we only had 9 wickets to do it. We were clearly not in the mood to fight, as we closed Day 3 28-3.

        It was still a decent pitch as Crawley and Bell-Drummond were showing in the morning session, before DBD fell shortly before lunch. We reached lunch 91-4 with Billings joining Crawley 45*. We had lost just 1 further wicket with 10 minutes to go until tea, and dreaming of the draw, before Stevens and Crawley (70) fell in quick succession. We were 164-7 - effectively 164-8 - at tea. Some amazing rearguard defence took us within 30 minutes of a draw until Podmore edged to slip to end the game. Our final 3 batsmen had survived 159 balls between them (including a 34 ball duck for Haggett!). We were left rueing the injury to Robinson, as we maybe could have survived with that extra wicket. We were 197 all out, meaning we lost by 226.

        Yorkshire - 332 all out (Lyth 93, Ballance 58; Stevens 4-66)
        Kent - 271-9 all out* (Dickson 73, Bell-Drummond 51; Olivier 3-82, Rashid 3-89). *includes Robinson retired hurt
        Yorkshire - 362-5d (Bairstow 196*, K'Cadmore 64)
        Kent - 197-9 all out (Crawley 70; Olivier 3-66)

        Yorkshire win by 226 runs
        Points: Yorkshire 22, Kent 5
        MOTM: Jonny Bairstow

        The big news from Southampton was that Hampshire had defeated Somerset by 151 runs, with Somerset picking up just 3 points. We had extended our lead to 17 points, meaning a draw would be enough to save us from relegation. We were at home to leaders Hampshire, whilst Somerset had a home fixture vs 2nd place Essex.


        • #49
          We asked our groundsman to produce a batsman wicket - hoping this would give us a greater chance of a draw. Robinson's injury put him out for 2 weeks so we brought Kuhn back in. We also swapped Haggett for Klaassen.

          Crawley, Renshaw, Denly, Dickson, Bell-Drummond, Kuhn, Billings (c), Stevens, Klaassen, Podmore, Milnes

          Hampshire chose not to contest the toss and we were asked to bat. It was a perfect batting track so we were quite surprised, although conditions were set as Overcast for the first session on Day 1, turning to cloud after lunch.

          The aim would be to bat out Day 1 and beyond. Renshaw's terrible run of form continued as he fell in the first over of the day for a golden duck - disaster!! Scoring was really tough going, but Crawley and Denly made it through to lunch - 51-1. It brightened up, and scoring was easier in the 2nd session. We lost the wicket of Crawley for 45, and Dickson for 9, who fell to the part time medium pace of James Vince - poor from Dickson. We were 133-3 at tea with Denly 71*. Denly brought up his century after tea, with him and Bell-Drummond combining well to see us through to close at 215-3. A slow day, but happy to only lose the 3 wickets. The news from Taunton was that Somerset had bat first and ended 302 all out, with Essex 27-1 at close. So that game was in the balance.

          Day 2 started really bad for us, as we lost Bell-Drummond (29), Kuhn (1) and Billings (7) early. Denly also fell for a fine 157. We reached lunch 294-7 with Stevens 25*. Stevens produced a fine counter attack to bring up a 67 ball 50 before becoming Gareth Berg's 4th victim. Klaassen hit a quick 19 before also falling to Berg, then Abbott wrapped up the innings. We were 339 all out. We had wasted a lot of overs, so it would take a mighty effort for us to lose the game from here, but you never know! Podmore had Markram caught behind, then Northeast inexplicably ran himself out as Hampshire reached Tea on Day 2 73-2. We picked up three further wickets after tea before the aggressive Roussouw and Donald put on quick runs to leave Hants 234-5 at close. In the game at Taunton, Essex had made 300 all out to get within 2 runs of Somerset. But Somerset closed 30-0. Somerset probably in the box seat there, so we had to ensure we saw out a draw.

          We picked up the key wickets of Donald and Roussouw in the morning session, but 45* from Berg saw Hants reach lunch 331-8, just 8 behind our total. A frustrating Hampshire rearguard action saw them put on a further 50 runs before eventually falling for 383 all out - a 44 run lead. There was an hour until tea on Day 3, so we just had to ensure we batted out a couple of sessions to be safe. It shouldn't be too difficult as the pitch was still very batsmen friendly, and the sun was out. Crawley and Renshaw took us safely through to tea at 46-0. We lost a couple of wickets in the evening but a welcome 50 from Renshaw took us through to 145-2 at close, with a 101 run lead.

          Renshaw brought up his century in the morning before falling shortly after. The score was 226-4 at lunch on Day 4, and the job was almost complete. Bell-Drummond (86*) and Kuhn (87*) remarkably batted out the final two sessions in an unbeaten 159 run partnership to seal the draw. We finished 377-4.

          Kent - 339 all out (Denly 157, Stevens 50; Berg 5-102)
          Hampshire - (Roussouw 76, Berg 73*, Vince 55, Alsop 52; Stevens 4-102, Podmore 3-111)
          Kent - 377-4 (Renshaw 101, Kuhn 87*, Bell-Drummond 86*)

          Match Drawn
          Points: Kent 9, Hampshire 11
          MOTM: Joe Denly

          We had done it!! A great batting performance had meant we drew the game with the league leaders and secure our spot in Division One. We were all but relegated with 4 games remaining, but 2 wins and draw saw us leapfrog Somerset. As it happens Somerset also drew their match too, so we would have survived regardless. Hampshire ended up winning the division by just a single point to Surrey, so a draw was enough for them too.

          Middlesex, Worcestershire, and Leicestershire would be joining us in Division One next season. Leicestershire remarkably beat Lancashire on the final game of the season to take the final spot over Lancashire by 2 points. Somerset were relegated and will be playing in Division Two next year.


          • #50
            A real tough CC season, saw us look the favourites for relegation throughout most of the year, before our great escape. I thought we bowled pretty well throughout the year, but lacked a top-class spinner. However, the batting was poor from all, and we had by far the lowest batting bonus points to back this up. Our remarkable escape was led by youngster Zak Crawley. Two 100's and two 50's from Crawley in our final 4 matches saw him end our top runscorer. Him and Bell-Drummond both passed 1000 runs for the season and ended with averages in the low 40's, but all other batsmen averaged under 34. Podmore, Stevens and Milnes were leagues ahead of our other bowlers, taking 75% of our team's total wickets. Milnes was excellent towards the start of the season, and Podmore ended the season really well to help us survive. Our overseas player - Renshaw - was largely disappointing in this format, averaging just 31. And it was a really poor year for our captain - Billings - across all formats.

            Top Batsmen - Runs

            Zak Crawley - 1158 @ 41.36
            Daniel Bell-Drummond - 1001 @ 40.04
            Matt Renshaw - 843 @ 31.22
            Joe Denly - 661 @ 33.05
            Heino Kuhn - 635 @ 30.24

            Top Bowlers - Wickets

            Harry Podmore - 49 @ 34.18
            Darren Stevens - 48 @ 25.67
            Matt Milnes - 46 @ 29.67
            Callum Haggett - 13 @ 35.54
            Riley and Stewart - 10 each

            Highest Total: 485 vs Surrey @ Beckenham
            Lowest Total: 86 vs Surrey @ South London
            Highest Individual Innings: Daniel Bell-Drummond 186 vs Surrey @ Beckenham
            Best Bowling (innings): Harry Podmore 6-40 vs Essex @ Canterbury
            Best Bowling (match): Harry Podmore 9-83 vs Essex @ Canterbury
            Highest Partnership: Daniel Bell-Drummond & Heino Kuhn 159* for the 5th wicket vs Hampshire @ Canterbury

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            • #51
              Season Statistical Analysis (all teams):

              Division One winner - Hampshire
              One-Day Cup winner - Worcestershire
              T20 Cup winner - Hampshire

              Rilee Roussouw (Hampshire) was Division One's highest run scorer (1358 @ 61.73)
              Duanne Olivier (Yorkshire) was Division One's leading wicket taker (62 @ 28.39)*

              Wayne Madsen (Derbyshire) was Division Two's highest run scorer (1291 @ 47.81)
              James Harris (Middlesex) was Division Two's leading wicket taker (96!! @ 20.61)**

              FC highest score: 239 - Ollie Pope (Surrey)
              FC best bowling (inns): 7-33 - James Weighell (Durham)

              Tom Abell (Somerset) was the leading run scorer in the One-Day Cup (606 @ 86.57)
              Joe Leach (Worcestershire) was the leading wicket taker in the One-Day Cup (23 @ 18.48)***

              LA highest score: 191 - James Hildreth (Somerset)
              LA best bowling: 7-45 - Arron Lilley (Leicestershire)

              James Vince (Hampshire) was the leading run scorer in the T20 Cup (533 @ 48.45)
              Logan van Beek (Derbyshire) was the leading wicket taker in the T20 Cup (34 @ 13.06)

              T20 highest score: 128 - Max Klinger (Gloucestershire)
              T20 best bowling: 7-22 - Tom Bailey (Lancashire)

              *Incredibly the top 11 leading wicket takers in the country were all from Division Two.
              **James Harris' teammate Roland-Jones was 2nd leading wicket taker with 82.
              ***Our Matt Milnes was 2nd leading wicket taker with 20 - and in 2 fewer matches.

              In the meantime - England had won the World Cup, but lost the Ashes 4-1! Jonny Bairstow had scored consistently all summer.
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              • #52
                Next up was player contracts. We were hit with the news that Darren Stevens was retiring , as was Mitch Claydon. We decided to let go of Heino Kuhn, Jordan Cox, Adam Rouse, Grant Stewart, Callum Haggett and Imran Qayyum to free up funds, as well as deciding not renew any of our overseas players. We gave contract offers to Bell-Drummond, Blake, Crawley and Milnes. Everybody accepted, which left us 220,500 budget to spend on new players.

                We picked up Sam Northeast, Billy Root, Joe Leach and Dillon Pennington. Shakib Al-Hasan signed as our main overseas, with Rakeem Cornwall reserve. We picked up Mustafizur Rahman on a T20 only contract, and signed 19-year old Adam Oakes who made his professional debut for Hampshire last year. Northeast and Root can hopefully help shore up our batting which struggled last year. Shakib gives us a high quality spin option. Joe Leach picked up bagfuls of wickets across all formats so we see him as a good replacement for Stevens, and Pennington is one of England's hottest fast bowling prospects.

                We look pretty strong across all formats going into 2020. Hoepfully we can kick on in Division One, and reach the knockout stage of one of the limited overs competitions.


                • #53
                  Our 3 day warm up game was vs Durham MCCU. Billings, Denly, Shakib were selected for the IPL so would be unavailable early season, and Podmore was out with injury for 2 weeks, so this is how we lined up:

                  Crawley, Bell-Drummond (c), Northeast, Oakes, Root, Robinson, Cornwall, Leach, Klaassen, Milnes, Pennington

                  So it was debuts for Oakes, Root, Cornwall, Leach, Pennington and a second debut for Northeast. We gave Bell-Drummond the captaincy, and Robinson had the gloves. The plan was always to put Bell-Drummond back at the top of the order, where he has batted for the majority of his career. When fit and available, Denly would likely replace Oakes, Shakib replaces Cornwall, Billings replaces Robinson, and Podmore replaces Klaassen.

                  We won the toss and chose to bat. We had prepared a seamers track, which we identify as our strongest suit. The weather was mostly cloudy for the first 2 days.

                  A productive first day with the bat. The two openers failed, Crawley making 17, and Bell-Drummond an extremely painful 11 (71) - maybe we need to rethink him opening. Other than that everybody made useful runs. Northeast 48, Oakes 43, Robinson 82, but star of the show was Billy Root was an unbeaten 144* featuring 20 boundaries. We scored heavily and quickly, ending Day 1 372-5.

                  Cornwall fell for 24 on Day 2, but Leach continued the run scoring making 50 (59). Root kept going and going. Klaassen fell for 22, before Root brought up 200 just after lunch, and we declared 509-8 with Root unbeaten on 203, a fantastic effort! He hit all around the park, giving away no chances along the way. Durham MCCU came at us pretty hard with the bat, but we skittled them for 172. Pennington was expensive but picked up 3 top order wickets. Milnes picked one up in his 2nd spell, Cornwall picked up 2 in 2 balls, before Klaassen blew the tail away. Leach was our most economical bowler, but the only one not to get a wicket. We wanted to give our openers another go with the bat after both failed in the 1st innings, and we closed Day 2 28-0 from 6 overs.

                  Both openers passed 50, and we declared 10 minutes before lunch at 116-0. Could we skittle Durham in 2 sessions? We had them 4 down by tea, with Pennington, Milnes, Leach and Cornwall all picking up a wicket apiece. Durham shut up shot after tea, and we were unable to break them down, despite Pennington picking up 2 further wickets.

                  Kent - 509-8d (Root 203*, Robinson 82, Leach 50; Saunders 4-130)
                  Durham MCCU - 172 all out (Klaassen 4-22, Pennington 3-54)
                  Kent - 116-0d (Bell Drummond 60*, Crawley 55*)
                  Durham MCCU - 196-6 (Pennington 3-57)

                  Match Drawn
                  MOTM: Billy Root

                  A great run out for the team with all specialist batsmen making at least one score of 40+, and all bowlers picking up wickets. Root, Pennington and Cornwall impressed me most out of the debutants. We will start the season with a tough home tie to Surrey.


                  • #54
                    For our opening match we faced Surrey at home and prepared a seamers pitch. We went with the same team as the warm up match.

                    Crawley, Bell-Drummond (c), Northeast, Oakes, Root, Robinson, Cornwall, Leach, Klaassen, Milnes, Pennington

                    We won the toss and chose to bat. The weather was set fair throughout the match.

                    It was slow progress in the morning session as we reached 78-2 at lunch with Bell-Drummond 35*. DBD fell shortly after lunch for 40 but a great 100* partnership between Oakes and Root took us to 184-3. Root in particular was looking in fine touch, and Oakes brought up his 50 last ball before tea. Root fell for 48 the second ball after tea. A 50 partnership between Oakes and Robinson kept us going nicely before disaster struck as we lost 3 wickets in quick succession, including Oakes for 90. We closed Day 1 at 286-7, with Cornwall 21* left to bat with the tail. The pitch is already showing uneven bounce, so a score close to 350 might prove decent.

                    Cornwall and Klaassen batted well in the morning, putting on 61 for the 8th wicket. We eventually fell all out for 359 with Cornwall 65*. We struggled with the ball, and Surrey eventually closed the day 296-5, with 2 wickets for Pennington, and one each for Leach, Klaassen and Cornwall. Head (104*) and Stoneman (83) had done the bulk of the scoring. We would need quick wickets in the morning.

                    Sadly Surrey's tail put up a fight with Clarke and Rafiq both hitting 50's. We dropped 3 catches over the course of the innings which isn't good enough. Surrey were 465 all out and had a lead of 106. All 5 of our bowlers took 2 wickets each. On a pitch doing all sorts, we were no match for Surrey's seam bowlers and succumbed to 33-4, with Crawley offering our only resistance. At 96-6 we were still 10 runs behind, before a 82 run partnership between Crawley and Leach saw us take the lead. We closed Day 3 200-8 with Crawley in the 90s.

                    Crawley was the only batsmen able to bat on this wicket and brought up a magnificent century in the morning of Day 4. The young man really does have a bright future ahead of him. Unfortunately he wasnt able to carry his bat as he fell chasing quick runs. We were all out for 220 - a lead of 114 with 2.5 sessions remaining. Pennington removed both openers but Ben Foakes was in no mood see this one out slowly, as he finished 66* off 59 balls with Surrry reaching their target in just 22 overs, 3 wickets down.

                    Kent - 359 all out (Oakes 90, Cornwall 65*; McKerr 4-64, T Curran 3-105)
                    Surrey - 465 all out (Head 121, Stoneman 83, Clarke 66, Rafiq 53*)
                    Kent - 220 all out (Crawley 119; T Curran 4-63, McKerr 3-35)
                    Surrey - 118-3 (Foakes 66*)

                    Surrey win by 7 wickets
                    Points: Kent 5, Surrey 24
                    MOTM: Tom Curran

                    Not the result we wanted, but it was always going to be tough against a really strong Surrey side packed with internationals, along with our numerous absentees. Next up is Middlesex at Lords.


                    • #55
                      For Middlesex away we went unchanged.

                      Crawley, Bell-Drummond (c), Northeast, Oakes, Root, Robinson, Cornwall, Leach, Klaassen, Milnes, Pennington

                      We won the toss and chose to bat.

                      We were sitting pretty at lunch at 95-1, but it was a similar tail in the afternoon. Firstly, Bell-Drummond and Northeast both fell straight after reaching 50 - something that happened a lot last year. Then a familiar batting collapse saw us 170-4 at tea, The collapse continued in the evening to 225-8 before some nice batting with the tail by Robinson (59) saw us pass 250. He too fell in the 50's. We were all out on Day 1. Milnes and Pennington managed to take 2 wickets before close as Middlesex closed 23-2.

                      We had plenty on chances in the morning, but Robson and Borthwick built a big partnership, before Milnes bowled Robson for 86 just before lunch. We took 2 quick wickets after lunch to leave Middlesex 174-5 and we were back in the game. A 50 partnership between Morgan and Holden took Middlesex close to our total before Milnes got Morgan for his 4th wicket. Milnes took his 5th shortly after before Middlesex surpassed our total 7-down. They only managed to build a 22 run lead before being all out. Perhaps an important moment in the match - James Harris had to retire hurt as the last wicket. Harris was the leading wicket taker in England last year and took 3 in the first innings. Middlesex only have 2 other seamers in this match. We had 11 overs to survive in tough conditions. We ended the day 43-1 with a lead of 21.

                      Northeast fell in the 2nd over of Day 3, and Crawley shortly after. Root was victim to a stinking LBW decision from the umpire, and Oakes fell too, and we were once again in dire straights thanks to our batting. We finished 120 all out. Pathetic display considering Middlesex basically only had 3 bowlers. Middlesex required just 121. They chased it easily. Abysmal performance

                      Kent - 259 all out (Robinson 59, Bell-Drummond 51, Northeast 50; Tunnicliff 4-61, Harris 3-36)
                      Middlesex - 281-9 all out* (Robson 86, Borthwick 66; Milnes 5-71)
                      Kent - 142 all out (Tunnicliff 4-29, Bamber 4-36)
                      Middlesex - 122-2 (Gubbins 55)

                      Middlesex win by 8 wickets
                      Points: Middlesex 21, Kent 5
                      MOTM: Fred Tunnicliff

                      How do you bat on this game?


                      • #56
                        Great read, I am a Man of Kent, and interestingly enough, I found some of my old scorebooks from back in the day and took them into work to show a fellow cricket mad work colleague. Just toying with the idea to buy this game myself?