Latest Match Report – Hampshire vs Kent South Group 2020

Kent 183 for two (Crawley 108*) beat Hampshire 182 for six (Fuller 50*, Vince 48) by eight wickets

Zak Crawley continued his love affair with the Ageas Bowl as he smashed his maiden Vitality Blast century to propel Kent to victory over Hampshire.

England star Crawley notched a Check 256 final month on the floor and sustained his effective type with an outrageous unbeaten 108. His 14 fours and two sixes noticed Kent return to successful methods with an eight-wicket win, as they chased down an imposing 182 with 17 balls to spare.

Alongside together with his England feats, Crawley had scored a Bob Willis Trophy century towards Hampshire at Canterbury final week, partnered with 196 in his six earlier Blast innings.

These elements equalled an inevitable flurry of runs, however the method of his century was jaw-dropping.

He confirmed his intent by drilling Shaheen Shah Afridi via the covers off his first supply and barely slowed down.

Daniel Bell Drummond contributed 12 earlier than he was caught at quick third man, however Crawley hardly blinked as he hit Chris Wooden for a 4 and 6 off the beginning of the following over. His half-century arrived in solely 26 balls, with a boundary via mid-wicket – his seventh 4.

Crawley peppered boundaries to each angle of the bottom, together with his wagon-wheel leaving only a few clean areas.

A surprising cowl drive and 6 off his legs off Afridi rockets mesmerised earlier than his hundred, the ninth in Kent T20 historical past, was introduced up with a sweep in 48 balls.

Joe Denly merely ticked alongside on the different finish because the duo placed on 121 earlier than the all-rounder picked out long-on.

Heino Kuhn got here in to waltz Kent over the road with 19 not out, nevertheless it was Crawley who led his facet off to rapturous applause from his team-mates.

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Hampshire will not have felt like that they had bowled too badly, and would have been comfortable on the midway level after James Vince‘s 48 and James Fuller‘s half-century.

Vince had failed in his two appearances since coming back from the beginning of his second youngster, however regardless of initially struggling to time the ball he shortly regarded again to his free-flowing greatest.

He misplaced opening companion Tom Alsop, stumped to the fourth ball of the match, however shortly rebuilt with Sam Northeast – the pair placing on 82 for the second wicket.

Each focused the quick boundary on the Nursery Floor facet, though Vince gained a life on 21 when he was spilt by Denly at deep cowl.

Northeast pumped a full toss for a sq. most however departed for a 28-ball 34 when he was caught at long-on.

Vince fell reverse sweeping Imran Qayyum straight to quick third man, earlier than Joe Weatherley upped the run-rate once more with a quick-fire 17 – which included an audacious swap hit into the stands.

Hampshire regarded on the right track for a superb rating, however Fuller and Lewis McManus made certain they set a really aggressive whole.

Fuller waited simply 4 balls earlier than he swung down the bottom for a six, nevertheless it was Matt Milnes’ 19th over that despatched his strike-rate into the stratosphere.

Two fours had been shortly adopted by back-to-back monsters into the Colin Ingleby-Mackenzie Stand because the penultimate over went for 23.

McManus was run out on 15 from six balls after a 47-run stand and Ian Holland was caught and bowled first ball, however Fuller introduced up his 23-ball fifty with a six to the lengthy facet of the bottom off the ultimate ball of the innings. Crawley, nonetheless, made mincemeat of the chase.

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