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Narrow win in a tight game

Posted in Ones to Watch

Another uninspirational day of weather beckoned for our Friends Provident Trophy game against Kent at Lord’s. However, with the outstanding drainage system at the ground, a result was inevitable at some stage.

Winning the toss and batting first proved productive. Billy Godleman and Ed Joyce got us off to a good start and at 29 without loss from six overs the heavens opened and down came the rain.

We returned to the field some while later and were facing reduced overs of 37 overs a side. Andrew Strauss, Godleman and Eoin Morgan contributed to our total of 177 from our 37 overs; Billy top-scoring with 43.

As we were taking the field, down came the rain again. Another short break meant that Kent needed 173 from 33 overs to win the game. I opened the bowling with Tim Murtagh. A tight opening spell saw Kent two down at the end of the power plays.

I bowled my seven allotted overs straight through from the Pavilion End and was pleased with the way I bowled, hitting much better lengths than last week against Surrey. One for 25 from seven was satisfying given the state of the game.

My wicket was Rob Key, bowled in my first over, which was pleasing, given that he has been one of the most consistent performers in county cricket for many years. Vernon Philander, making his debut, was disciplined and accurate, supporting Murtagh at the death.

Murtagh took four wickets in a sensational final spell. This took his weekly tally to 11 wickets. We won by six runs in another tight game for us in this competition.

Being in the group we are in, every game will be tight, so we will need to keep building momentum in order to mount a challenge for the Friends Provident Trophy.

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