Kent v Hampshire

Kent made their debut in the Twenty 20 Cup and the bowlers soon found the going hard, even with a wicket in the first over the Hampshire duo of J Hamblin and S Katich soon increased the scoring rate to around 7.5 an over, the decision to open the bowling with a spinner and a second introduced first change seemed to backfire when the pair went for 69 in their combined 8 overs. The introduction of one of the most economical bowlers on the circuit in Ealham helped to slow the scoring rate but it was a run out of the aggressive J Hamblin which saw the Hampshire middle order of A Mascarenhas, J Crawley and W Kendall all depart with only a further 5 runs added to the total. Enter the big hitting W Akram who hit three 4's en-route to 24 (20), between Akram and Katich the pair added a vital 44 runs and got the score up to a defendable 145.

Kent's reply was nothing short of incredible! Even with the wicket of P Trego with just the second ball of the game it didn't hold Kent back as A Symonds led the assault with a barrage of boundaries and taking E Giddins and A Mullally for 45 runs from just two overs between them, which meanwhile made J Tredwell's effort of 24 from just 14 balls look mediocre. A Symonds bombardment continued and at one stage was 76* from just 24 balls, however as the target got closer he seemed content just to stay around and knock the remaining runs off as he finally finished 96* from only 37 balls including 14 fours and 3 sixes. Kent completed the win in just 12 overs and if they continue this form will be a force to be reckoned with throughout the Twenty 20 Cup.


Twenty20 Cup, 2003, South Division
Kent v Hampshire
Kent County Cricket Ground, Beckenham
16 June 2003 (20-over match)

Result: Kent won by 6 wickets
Points: Kent 2, Hampshire 0

Toss: Kent
Umpires: NG Cowley and JW Holder
Man of the Match: A Symonds

Hampshire innings (20 overs maximum)                            R   M   B  4 6
JRC Hamblin           run out                                  38  34  33  6 0
DA Kenway                                b Sheriyar             4   3   2  1 0
SM Katich             not out                                  59  61  52  7 0
AD Mascarenhas        c Jones            b Dennington           0   1   1  0 0
*JP Crawley           c Tredwell         b Dennington           1   1   3  0 0
WS Kendall                               b Ealham               0   1   1  0 0
Wasim Akram           c Blewett          b Tredwell            24  18  20  3 0
SD Udal               not out                                   9   6   8  1 0
Extras                (lb 3, w 7)                              10
Total                 (6 wickets, 20 overs)                   145

DNB: +N Pothas, AD Mullally, ESH Giddins.

FoW: 1-7 (Kenway), 2-83 (Hamblin), 3-84 (Mascarenhas),
     4-86 (Crawley), 5-88 (Kendall), 6-132 (Wasim Akram).

Bowling                      O      M      R      W
Sheriyar                     4      0     19      1 (4w)
Tredwell                     4      0     33      1
Symonds                      4      0     36      0 (1w)
Ealham                       4      0     23      1 (1w)
Dennington                   4      0     31      2

Kent innings (target: 146 runs from 20 overs)                   R   M   B  4 6
PD Trego              lbw                b Wasim Akram          0   1   2  0 0
A Symonds             not out                                  96  45  37 14 3
JC Tredwell                              b Wasim Akram         24  15  14  3 1
MA Ealham             c Crawley          b Hamblin             19  16  13  1 1
MJ Walker             c Mascarenhas      b Hamblin              0   1   2  0 0
GS Blewett            not out                                   3   6   4  0 0
Extras                (w 5)                                     5
Total                 (4 wickets, 12 overs)                   147

DNB: *DP Fulton, MA Carberry, +GO Jones, MJ Dennington,
     A Sheriyar.

FoW: 1-0 (Trego), 2-60 (Tredwell), 3-123 (Ealham),
     4-123 (Walker).

Bowling                      O      M      R      W
Wasim Akram                  4      0     29      2 (2w)
Giddins                      1      0     24      0 (1w)
Mullally                     1      0     21      0 (1w)
Udal                         2      0     28      0
Mascarenhas                  2      0     24      0
Hamblin                      2      0     21      2
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