Thursday, 8 May 2014

Royal London Cup: Middlesex v Kent

Kent made it 2-from-2 this weekend as they beat Middlesex on a sunny Bank Holiday Monday in Edmonton, north London.

Kent batted first, and it was all about Charlotte Edwards as the England skipper raced to 44, with Tammy Beaumont still in single-figures when Lottie was brilliantly run out by Anna Nicholls' direct hit from cover-point.

The run-rate then slowed down distinctly as Beaumont and Lydia Greenway dug in to take Kent past the hundred mark by drinks; with TB reaching her second half-century of the weekend, before being caught the next ball. Laura Marsh (who batted but did not bowl) also followed her to the fifty mark as Kent closed on 231.

Middlesex's reply began solidly enough, with Helena Stolle and Natasha Miles 44/0 after 10 overs; but they had slowed to 69/0 after 20; and when the wickets started to fall thereafter their challenge began to falter. However, some strong hitting Anna Nicholls (41) towards the end brought Middlesex up to a respectable 197 before they were all out; although this was somewhat abetted by the fact that Kent spent the final overs of the game with just 10 players on the field, with Charlotte Pape in hospital with a dislocated finger and Deanna Cooper on the boundary having twisted her ankle fielding the ball.

It was doubtless a disappointing day for Middlesex but not a dispiriting one; and their young amateur team can feel proud of their showing against the seasoned pros from Kent.

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