August 13, 2022
Recent Match Report – Works vs Kent Group B 2022


canto 353 for 3 (Robinson 206*, Compton 75) beat Worcestershire 351 for 8 (Kashif 114, Barnard 79, Henry 3-56) by 7 wickets

Olly Robinson, who scored a double century, hit Kent’s highest individual score in List A cricket as he chased down a target of 352 with 5.1 overs in their opening Royal London Cup match against Worcestershire at New Road.

Robinson seized the opportunity, joined by Kent captain Sam Billings and Jordan Cox for a hundred, after spending the 2022 Vitality Blast on loan to Durham, Kent’s previous best in cricket of an unbeaten 150 by Joe Denly against Glamorgan at Canterbury. passing the performance. four years ago.

A lofted cover drive for four against Josh Baker took Robinson to his double century in 130 balls and was the cue for a standing ovation around the field and he finished on 206 not out.

Former Kent Academy player Kashif Ali had scored an impressive 114 runs in his List A debut for Worcestershire, which looked like a formidable total at 36 for 4. But Robinson found excellent support from Ben Compton during his stand of 204, Kent’s highest second-wicket partnership against any county in this format of the game.

It was the reverse of what happened in the same fixture last summer when Worcestershire chased down a target of 323.

Former Worcestershire fast bowler Matt Henry dealt a triple blow in his only match in the competition before joining New Zealand as the home team were reduced to 36 for 4 after batting.

Ed Pollock bowled the first ball of the innings at second slip, captain Brett D’Olivera picked square leg and Jake Libby was carried by Henry to short extra cover in an opening spell of 6-20-3.

With Azhar Ali working lbw to defeat Grant Stewart, Kent went too far before Kashif and Barnard began their defense. The runs started flowing quickly once Henry was removed from the attack and it is testament to Kashif’s rapid rise that he looks completely at home at this stage.

He completed his half-century in 49 balls and then a regal back foot drive square off Hamid Qadri took Bernard to that point in 56 balls.

No one was able to stop the boundary section and the fifth wicket pair scored 175 runs in 28 overs when Bernard fell for 79 to a head high catch at mid-off against Matt Quinn. It surpassed Worcestershire’s previous best fifth wicket List A partnership of 169 by Ben Cox and George Rhodes against Yorkshire at New Road in 2019.

Kashif completed his century with a clip through midwicket in the same over and scored 114 off 99 balls to take Qadri to mid-off where Quinn took a nice low catch.

But no stone was left unturned for Kent with Ben Cox on his return after taking a break for mental health reasons, and Joe Leach adding 74 runs in just 7.5 overs. Leach had scored 48 off just 28 balls, dismissing Quinn at deep midwicket, but Cox played a vintage knock off 43 balls with two sixes and three fours.

As Kent batted, left-arm seamer Ben Gibbon struck an early blow when Joy Evison swung the ball straight from his hips to fine leg. But then the bat’s domination on the ball resumed after Robinson and Compton came together.

Robinson was in particularly destructive form against seam or spin and he reached three points, beating D’Oliveira for his 13th four in addition to three sixes.

The partnership of 204 in 28 overs came to an end when Compton pulled D’Olivera for 75 down Barnard’s throat at deep midwicket.

Alex Blake was strangled to the leg side off Dillon Pennington, but Robinson left no stone unturned. He completed his double century against Baker in just 130 balls with the help of six sixes and 26 fours with a brilliant off-drive.

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