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By gmdf
#23412
A disappointing start. The awful weather of the last few weeks (months, I suppose) led to a wet pitch and no play on day 1. When play did start on day 2 after an early lunch, Gloucs obviously chose to bowl, and that probably determined the outcome of the match. I arrived just in time to see the first wicket fall (DB-D). 14 overs later the whole team was out for 64 (18.5 overs). Only Crawley (who is just 20 years old), who was last out, reached double figures and looked at ease.

Gloucs found batting just as difficult, and had it not been for Roderick's gritty 51 Kent would probably have got a first innings lead (Roderick's innings was worth double that on most days, I'd suggest). Henry bowled splendidly on debut, supported by Stevens, Gidman & Podmore (1 wicket, Roderick) on his debut). After Dickson's departure, Bell-Drummond went for his shots, and the score reached 75 for 1 (29 ahead). Then Higgins, on his debut, was introduced into the attack and his career best spell of 5-22 turned the game again. After DB-D only Crawley, who batted 2 hours before being last out, looked at home. 153 all out meant 108 to win, and conditions were a little easier.

Although I wasn't there for the last rites on Monday am, Henry & Stevens did at least make Gloucs work for their win. Another 75-100 runs might actually have been enough.

Thoughts - Henry looks a good overseas player (shame he's not here all season). Stevens, Stewart, Gidman & Podmore are useful support bowlers, esp at the time of year. And the fielding was good. Batting, DB-D & Carwley apart, was poor. Dickson,. Kuhn, Denly, Stevens & Gidman managed 23 runs in 10 innings between them.They'll have to do better in the next game! And Stewart broke down with the re-occurrence of a hamstring strain (joining Claydon & Treadwell on the injured list). I'd expect Thomas for Stewart to be the only change for Durham this Friday.
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By TWrex
#23426
It certainly was wet around the ground, especially around the scoreboard, tv buildings (knocks Lord's Media Centre into a cocked hat) area. The ball didn't seem to be moving much, but just enough, most probably would have been easier had it whooped about.
Mr. Donald said to treat each match like a test match, unfortunately the team opted for a 2018/19 Ashes a template. Onwards to Durham at the very least it should get better :nervous: .
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By gmdf
#23567
The Durham game (from reading reports etc - I wasn't there) seemed in many ways a mirror image of the Gloucs game with the side batting first undone by good bowling and some movement in the pitch. Excellent bowling by Henry, and useful knocks by Kuhn, Dickson & Bell-Drummond.

Highlights from the live feed can be seen here:

http://www.kentcricket.co.uk/fixture/durham-v-kent-2/
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