May 092013
 

Nottinghamshire 140 for 3 (Taylor 50*) beat Kent 220 for 6 (Key 62, Mullaney 4-29) by seven wickets D/LScoreboard

Steven Mullaney returned career-best figures of 4 for 29 as Nottinghamshire collected their second Yorkshire Bank 40 victory of the season, defeating Kent by seven wickets in a rain-interrupted match at Trent Bridge.

An unbeaten 50 from James Taylor, who will represent England Lions against New Zealand on Thursday, helped the home side to a revised target of 140 in 19 overs with 15 balls unused.

Thanks largely to Mullaney, Kent were limited to 220 for 6 after being inserted, Rob Key top-scoring with 62 and Brendan Nash adding 42 before bad weather delayed the reply for around two hours.

Notts lost Michael Lumb in the second over of their reply, shortly after he had registered his 5,000th run in one-day cricket. Both Alex Hales and Samit Patel fell to boundary catches, but Taylor and Riki Wessels sped their side over the line with an unbroken stand of 67 in just 6.2 overs.

Former Notts seamer Charlie Shreck, playing his first List A match in three years, conceded 18 in the 16th over and Taylor then hit Matt Coles for three consecutive fours to seal a victory that takes his side top of Group A.

Kent’s innings was disrupted by the accurate medium-pace of Mullaney – the key figure as the visitors lost their way after a second-wicket stand of 97 between Key and Nash. Both succumbed to Mullaney, as did Darren Stevens and Sam Northeast in a spell that saw four wickets fall for 34 in 10 overs.

Operating in tandem with the economical Graeme Swann, Mullaney’s nagging line and length induced some reckless dismissals, although Chris Read’s stumping to remove Stevens was top-class. Patel held two fine catches, after earlier firing in the throw from deep midwicket which ran out Sam Billings in just the second over.

Geraint Jones and Ben Harmison provided some late fireworks as the final 10 overs realised 88 runs. Jones lofted Patel over the leg side for the only maximum of the innings, then despatched the left-arm pace of Harry Gurney for three boundaries in a row before being caught at mid-off.

Heavy showers arrived during the interval between innings and again early in Notts’ reply, causing several readjustments to the eventual Duckworth/Lewis target.

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May 062013
 
Nash proves just enough for Kent

Kent 239 for 8 (Nash 98) beat Warwickshire 238 (Chopra 65, Patel 50) by one run
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Ian Bell made his fourth score over 50 in a Lord's final, Hampshire v Warwickshire, CB40 Final, Lord's, September, 15, 2012

Ian Bell made a fluent 35 © Getty Images
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Brendan Nash’s best one-day performance for Kent proved decisive as they squeezed past Warwickshire with a frantic one-run victory at Edgbaston.

Nash, the former West Indies batsman, made an unbeaten 98 that lifted his side to 239 for 9. Warwickshire slumped to 185 for 8 in reply with 55 wanted from six overs but Jeetan Patel ensured a fluctuating contest went down to the wire

Patel set about the bowlers with two sixes and six fours in a whirlwind 27-ball innings that threatened to pull off a dramatic rescue act for Warwickshire. It eventually came down to the last ball and two runs needed, but Patel’s heroics in making 50, his best one-day score, came to nothing when we was run out by Adam Ball.

Kent were well in charge when the spin bowling of James Tredwell and his 21-year-old partner Adam Riley knocked Warwickshire off course. Riley crucially dismissed William Porterfield lbw for 47, and Tredwell captured the prized wicket when Varun Chopra was well caught at mid-off after making 67 in his build-up for England Lions duty later in the week.

While Chopra played a measured innings, it was a mixed day for Warwickshire’s other England candidates, either those in the Test team or others pushing for selection. Ian Bell looked in imperious form in making 35, driving successive sixes off Mark Davies over long-on, but failed to clear midwicket off Matt Coles. Jonathan Trott made only 3 before nicking a catch off Davies.

This came on top of a testing time for Chris Woakes and Chris Wright. The new-ball bowlers, who will be with Chopra in the Lions squad to meet New Zealand at Grace Road on Thursday, conceded 101 runs between them, although Woakes did pick up a couple of wickets.

Kent may have promised more than they delivered after losing the toss. Rob Key made a brisk start with 44 until pulling offspinner Patel to midwicket, and as much as Nash kept the board ticking over, he struck only seven boundaries from 106 deliveries.

Others attempted to be more destructive, notably Adam Ball with five fours in a rapid 28 and Coles with successive sixes off Woakes in reaching 20 from 11 balls.

That Kent were unable kick on in the middle overs of their innings was mostly due to Darren Maddy on his first appearance of the season. Maddy, 39 later this month, took two wickets in five balls and held three catches, the first of these removing Key after a stand of 85 with Nash.

Apr 272013
 
Lancs blunted by Nash hundred

Kent 244 (Nash 50, Powell 57, Anderson 4-57) and 178 for 2 (Nash 100*) drew with Lancashire 395 for 7 dec (Katich 93, Brown 87, Croft 64*, Prince 58)
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James Anderson cleaned up Kent's lower order, Lancashire v Kent, County Championship, Division Two, Old Trafford, 2nd day, April 25, 2013

James Anderson troubled the Kent batsmen but ended up wicketless © Getty Images
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On the evidence of this match, both Lancashire and Kent are going to struggle to take 20 wickets on a regular basis this season. Even if rain had not taken out two sessions a draw would still have been the likely result and Kent played out the final day with Brendan Nash continuing his strong early season form with an unbeaten hundred, although he had to work hard against James Anderson.

Kent were on the edge of a wobble when Robert Key was given caught behind off Glen Chapple although the former captain was clearly unhappy with the decision and stomped off the field hitting his pad with his bat. Another quick wicket, with the deficit still more than 100, would have opened a door for Lancashire but it never came despite Anderson’s efforts.

Last season, his first for Kent, Nash averaged over 47 – no mean feat in a wet summer – and his hundred in this innings followed three consecutive fifties to start the season. Nash innings rarely stick in the mind and there is more than a hint of Kent’s coach, Jimmy Adams, in the way he plays. There will not be much flamboyance, but he is providing plenty of substance to the top-order.

James Tredwell, in his second game as Kent captain, knows his team can improve but he praised their resolve. “We faced a few challenges in this game and have come through them pretty well,” he said. “The first day was probably ideal bowling conditions in the end, having won the toss and had a bat, but we came through that with real fight, then again on this last day. Lancashire have a high-class bowling attack. It was really tough at times on the first day but the resolve was great.”

The pitch was on the sluggish side, which did not help attempts to force the pace, but the way Lancashire batted late on the third day and into the final morning showed that brisk run-scoring was possible. Simon Katich, who fell to the first ball he faced today, Steven Croft and Chapple were able to play with freedom because of the platform they were given – so it is difficult to be too critical – but the bowling attack is going to need as much time as possible to force results.

However, Gary Yates, Lancashire’s assistant coach, was delighted with the team’s approach. “We are pleased how we are playing, and frustrated that we lost quite a bit of time to the weather,” he said. “Maybe if we had more time we may have been able to force a result. But fair play to Kent, they batted well and we never really got into a position to force a victory.

“We would like to have had at least one win, but we have played good disciplined cricket and if we continue to do that we will get rewarded with victories sooner rather than later.

“Momentum can be picked up throughout the season and we have played really, really solid cricket. We have set up first-innings leads in both games and without the rain I think we would have set up victory in at least one of those games.”

Most of Lancashire’s threat with the ball on the final day came from Anderson, who was outstanding, looking a class above the other bowlers (although Kyle Hogg and Matt Coles were excellent), as an England bowler should when he returns to county cricket. He conceded one run in his first seven overs, had Sam Northeast – a talented young opener – playing and missing at four balls in one over, hammered Michael Powell’s foot with a rapid yorker and had a high-quality contest with Nash yet still ended wicketless.

Simon Kerrigan, the left-arm spinner, was Lancashire’s other main hope on the final day after the declaration following a heavy shower, which left 79 overs remaining in the game. He made the first breakthrough, taking Northeast’s off stump with a lovely delivery, but there was not a huge amount of assistance from the pitch and Nash played him excellently.

Apr 132013
 
Kent CCC 2013: Cardiff MCCU match

Kent CCC 2013: Cardiff MCCU match

James Tredwell

Daniel Bell-Drummond

Mark Davies

Brendan Nash

Mike Powell

Sam Northeast

Charlie Shreck

Fabian Cowdrey

Geraint Jones

Calum Haggett

Mark Davies

Brendan Nash

Charlie Shreck

Darren Stevens

James Tredwell

Mike Powell

Daniel Bell-Drummond

Kent v Cardiff MCCU, Canterbury, 10 April 2013 (match drawn after days 2-3 were washed out)

© Sarah Ansell Photography 2013

 

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