Recent Match Report – Northants vs Kent Group B 2022

Recent Match Report – Northants vs Kent Group B 2022

Kent 213 for 6 (Compton 87 ) batting Northamptonshire 210 (Qadri 4-36) with four wickets

Ben Compton and Hamidullah Qadri inspired Kent Spitfires to a four-wicket win over Northamptonshire Steelbacks in the Royal London Cup at Canterbury, keeping alive their hopes of qualifying for the knockout stages.

After Qadri had taken four wickets, his best List A tally, Compton anchored Kent’s chase with a typically measured 87 as the hosts closed on 210 for six, chasing Northamptonshire’s 210 all out with seven overs remaining.

As well as returning four for 36, Qadri ran out Rob Keogh as Kent suffocated the Steelbacks in the field. Emilio Gay was their top scorer with 49.

Keogh took two for 35 and Nathan Buck two for 38, but despite a couple of wobbles, Kent ran out convincing winners.

The Steelbacks’ decision to bat first in sweltering conditions initially seemed vindicated as Gay and Ricardo Vasconcelos cruised to 59 without loss.

However, the partnership was broken when Qadri bowled the latter for 31 and, although Will Young got a start, when Joe Denly caught him behind for 20, Northamptonshire collapsed from 90 for one, unable to bowl out the over.

Saif Zaib made just five when Qadri lured him into a fake shot which was caught on the boundary by Harry Finch and Qadri then grabbed a mix-up and ran out Keogh for 11.

Qadri then caught and bowled Gay, had Lewis McManus caught by Navdeep Saini for eight and was denied a fully deserved five-wicket bag when Compton dropped Buck at slip.

Buck had only added eight runs before he was bowled by Denly for 10 and at this point the visitors seemed unsure whether to bat or hang around. They ended up doing neither: James Sales lasted 57 balls but had made just 23 before he stumped Tawanda Muyeye’s second ball to Saini.

Brandon Glover took the Steelbacks to 200 but was out for 17 trying to hit Joey Evison over the square leg boundary and instead finding the onrushing Alex Blake, who took the catch at the second attempt.

Ben Sanderson lasted 50 balls and also made 17, before he struck out to Nathan Gilchrist and was caught by Muyeye, ending the innings with 3.1 overs to go.

Even on a greenish wicket it looked well below par until Buck struck twice in the sixth over of the chase. Muyeye was the first to go, the victim of a juggling catch by Young at slip and Ollie Robinson then survived a high lbw appeal before being bowled next ball.

Compton and Denly tipped the momentum back in Kent’s favor with a stand of 83 which ended when the latter tried to pull Keogh through the cow corner and was caught by Gay for 42.

The visitors’ hopes flickered when Finch went for eight, driving Alex Russell to Keogh at silly mid-wicket, but Compton eased past 50 with three from the same bowler and he and Blake were happy to win away the target in overs and twos.

When Blake put down the wicket of Keogh, he was stumped by McManus for 20, but then Kent needed just 41. Evison (16 not out) had helped cut the deficit to just one when Compton was caught by Gay off Glover, leaving Qadri to cut the winning line through the sliding cordon.

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