October 4, 2022
Recent Match Report – Kent vs Lancashire Final 2022

canto beat 306 for 6 (Avison 97, Denly 78) lancashire 285 (Croft 72, Jennings 71, Stewart 3-42, Gilchrist 3-65) by 21 runs

Kent claimed a 21-run victory in the final of the Royal London Cup as Joy Evison made a winning comeback at Trent Bridge just weeks after turning her back on the county.

Avison, who had been loaned to Kent by Nottinghamshire for the Royal London Cup prior to a three-year deal, played a fine innings of 97 with an outfield catch in a crucial period and a yorker that ended in a nerve-wracking end. finished to. Lancashire chased down 307 runs.

Peter Moores, Nottinghamshire’s coach, was disappointed with Avison’s departure, but the arrival of The Hundred and the current status of the 50-over tournament as a developmental competition has created conditions in which talented young players look to accelerate their careers. more ambitious than ever. ,

In the frantic closing overs, two alternate paragraphs were vying to be written – and they both included a well-deserved beating Derbyshire in the List A final. The relevant one was Kent’s first List A win since 1978, a low-scoring affair, even for a time in which Derbyshire scored only 147 – four wickets for John Shepherd – and Bob Woolmer’s. The unconscious 79 completed the six – wicket win .

Importantly, Kent’s outfielding was much better than Lancashire’s in the second half of their innings, with sharp catches from Alex Blake, Evison and Nathan Gilchrist all taking sharp catches, in contrast to some slippery moments in the field that left regular Lancashire observers. had left. Avison was denied the best catch of all, with an arm from Grant Stewart to dismiss Liam Hurt for naught, but the ball brushed the ground before Avison struck Hart eight balls from the end. A yorker is done and Kent can claim the win.

T20 Final Day has long overshadowed the 50-over final as county cricket’s one-day jamboree, but more than 9,000 people turned out to watch the culmination of a reduced competition, which began at least as early as September. was back in its rightful place as the championship had also arrived. Its climax.

Thirteen players involved in The Hundred were absent. Kent dropped his septet as a deliberate display of faith for those who took him to the finals. Lancashire had no such compulsions, but having lost three to England, Liam Livingstone was injured and dropped their spinners Matt Parkinson and Tom Hartley.

Keaton Jennings batted so comfortably that a match-defining innings appeared to be on the cards, but he fell for 71 (64) in the softest way as he patted legspinner Hamidullah Qadri for short extras and disbelieved for several seconds. I stood still.

Jennings has led Lancashire in over 50 overs this summer. It’s been almost four years since he played the last of his 17 Tests, but 30 or not, he is a capable cricketer and a responsible leader and there would be a worse choice as a back-up opener in Pakistan.

At 126 for 3 in the 22nd over, with 181 more needed from 6.3 overs, the match was fairly balanced, and Lancashire lost another batsman of similar temperament in pressure situations when Dane Vilas tried to pull off Avison. dragged. Fourteen overs went without a limit as Avison and Qadri came under control.

Steven Croft was then freed, hitting four boundaries in successive overs from Avison and Qadri to complete his 50. It appears that, eventually, the story will be about a veteran who is yearning for a new contract, although it will not be about the man who garnered all the headlines, Darren Stevens, but Croft, at 37. Stripping only. But the match turned again as Croft caught Gilchrist at mid on; Jorge Lavelle, aiming for deep midwicket, pulls out the diving Avison; And Gilchrist caught another exciting diving catch at deep backward square to remove Rob Jones.

Lancashire’s bowling attack was less on options than Kent, leaving Croft with the duties of a sixth bowler, an undoubted professional in as many seasons but who bowled only 15 overs of off-spin in the competition and whose staccato. Round-arm delivery suggested a prescription beneficial stretches may be in order.

Kent had lost a wicket after four balls and the identity of the batsman determined the nature of his progress. It was Ben Compton, an opener from discretion, who made a wide delivery from Tom Bailey to backward point, leaving Ollie Robinson to carry on the fight all the way. Robinson’s future at Kent will not be determined until the end of the season – plus he could well be drafted into a relegation scrap in this Cup final – with Durham leading among his suitors. He liked Will Williams, who was unafraid to pick him up at mid-off, but was silenced for 43 when wicketkeeper LaValle caught an excellent, one-handed diving catch from the inside edge. His 534 runs at 66.75 are the only runs scored by Stephen Eskinazzi and Cheteshwar Pujara. The player of the tournament, however, went to South Africa’s Wian Mulder of Leicestershire.

Avison played with great sense for his 97, most of his 14 fours and a six falling to the ground – a favorite field – and his one precarious moment coming on 47 when Lancashire’s lbw decision for Liam Hurt The review narrowly failed.

As Moores undoubtedly gritted his teeth in anticipation of an Avison century, he was dismissed three runs short, perhaps courtesy of some well-judged Lancashire professionalism. Lancashire’s review for the glove down the leg side of Danny Lamb was speculated, when replays showed the ball had brushed Evison’s hip, but as soon as it was picked up by Lancashire in seconds to pick up a drink and then and Avison had more time for reflection than was good for him. Lamb’s next ball, a slow inswinger, hit the middle stump as he missed it by some distance. Joe Denly’s 78 off 69 balls carried Kent into the middle overs, freeing him from a cleverly precarious start down the pitch.

There was no flamboyant finale for Stevens, whose memorable match-winning exploits, at the age of 46, led Kent to the final and earned him many headlines. “Stevo is God” announces the St George Banner flag at the Fox Road stand, but as much as Kent doesn’t sniff the godly status, he wants more wherever he gets after the player-coach deal. He managed only eight overs of his spell before leaving the field with a damaged groin.

His unbeaten 32 off 31 was a bit kind as his touch largely escaped him. They had twice the advantage as Lancashire’s fielding collapsed in the final hour. Luke Wells had long spoiled his first garment under the ground; A skier’s Jennings drop was more guilty of taking cover. He was also the guilty side in Stewart’s run out, eager to regain strike after Stewart pushed the ball straight onto Croft. A flawed legend on occasion, but a legend all the same.

David Hopes writes for ESPNcricinfo on county cricket @davidkhopps

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