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Kent 2nd XI v Essex 2nd XI – Second XI Championship – Polo Farm Sports Ground, Canterbury – Summary
Essex 2nd: 266 and 322
Kent 2nd: 321 and 106
Kent 2nd won the toss and elected to bowl
Essex 2nd won by 161 runs
Essex’s second string recorded a comfortable victory over their strong Kent counterparts – Feroze Khushi playing a starring role with a notable batting performance.
Khushi hit 134 off 186 balls during a 243-minute second-innings knock – In stark contrast to his three-ball duck earlier in the contest.
Will Buttleman also looked in good nick, scoring 89 as Essex posted a first-innings tally of 266. Skipper, Aaron Beard hit 66 – Fred Klaassen (4/23) and Harry Podmore (3/37) the pick of the Kent bowlers.
Kent appeared to have taken the game by the scruff of its neck thanks to Daniel Bell-Drummond’s 110 and a contribution of 83 from Harry Finch, helping the home side to a sizable advantage – N Dwivedi taking 4/73, while there were three wickets for Aron Nijjar.
Khushi’s heroics were backed up by 64 from Robin Das and Beard’s 40 as the game continued to seesaw. It was left to the Essex attack to finish the job. Nijjar took his match figures to 8/156 with five Kent wickets for 44. Jack Plom and Ben Allison chipped in with two apiece, helping the visitors to a remarkable 161-run success.
The Essex 2nd XI will conclude their Second XI Championship campaign on Monday, September 13-16 when they face Middlesex 2nd XI at Merchant Taylors’ School (10:30am).
Kent 2nd XI: MK O’Riordan, JA Gordon, TS Muyeye, DJ Bell-Drummond*, HZ Finch, HW Podmore, HJ Turner, B Aldred†, FJ Klaassen, J. Singh, MJ Luckett, J McCaffrey
Essex 2nd XI: CBF Purchase, RJ Das, FIN Khushi, WEL Buttleman†, NV Gorantla, ASS Nijjar, AP Beard*, J Richards, JH Plom, BMJ Allison, ES Kalley, N Dwivedi
Umpires: PJ Sparshott and RC Ellis
Scorers: AL Bateup and P Parkinson