Second XI: Kent v Essex – Match Report


Essex Second XI v Kent Second XI
Second XI T20 – South Group
Polo Farm Sports Ground, Canterbury
Thursday 18 May 2023

Essex Second XI: RJ Das, JS Rymell, WEL Buttleman (WK), ASS Nijjar (Capt), JA Richards, O Akram, RJ McKenna, HG Goulstone, ADA Gosling, ES Kalley, CR Graveling

Kent Second XI: MK O’Riordan (Capt), HZ Finch (WK), DJ Bell-Drummond, AJ Blake, A Ali, TI Hinley, E Singh, FJ Klaassen, JEG Logan, KW Richardson, J Singh

Match Details:

Umpires: James Tredwell and Ben Debenham
Toss: Essex won the toss and elected to bowl
Result: Kent Second XI won by 81 runs

Scorecard: View here

Match Report:

Essex’s 2nd XI found themselves on the wrong end of the result at Polo Farm against a strong Kent side in their latest T20 South Group fixture.

Having invited the hosts to bat, the Essex bowlers struggled to contain their more experienced opponents who posted a formidable 234 for five from their twenty overs.

Alex Blake top-scored for Kent, reaching 82 off just 33 balls during his 34 minutes at the crease. His innings included no less than ten 6s.

Daniel Bell-Drummond (58) and skipper Marcus O’Riordan (56), both hit half-centuries. Jamal Richards returned bowling figures of two for 52, while Eshun Kalley took 2/57 on what proved to be a tough afternoon for the visitors.

The chase was always going to be a tall order. Nevertheless, Will Buttleman continued his recent good form with the bat, scoring 58 off 33 as Essex finished on 153/7. Jaskaram Singh claimed three for 40 for the triumphant home side.