Spitfires stun Eagles after thrilling victory
The Kent Spitfires claimed their third Twenty20 victory at fortress Chelmsford after recording a 6 wicket victory over the Essex Eagles thanks to Gerant Jones who scord an impressive half century.
The Eagles have now lost 7 Twenty20 games at the County Ground since the start of the Twenty20 Cup in 2003 but 3 of those defeats have been inflicted by the Spitfires.
Set a total of 168 for victory the Spitfires run chase got off to a slow start after they lost Joe Denly (16) and Robert Key (25) inside the first the first 5 overs before Jones produced his marvellous innings.
Despite losing Martin van Jaarsveld (8) early on; Jones smashed his way to a 28 ball half century which included 6 fours and 2 sixes.
With support from Darren Stevens; the pair built a vital partnership of 69 which included 27 runs conceded by Tim Phillips in just one over to leave the Spitfires needing 50 runs from 36 balls.
With the pressure mounting on the Eagles; Graham Naiper made the vital breakthrough to dismiss Jones (54) at the start of the 16th over. Despite the loss of Jones; Darren Stevens smashed a quick fire 49 from just 28 balls to lead the Spitfires to victory.
Earlier Ryan ten Doeschate smashed a stunning 22 ball half century to help rescue the Essex Eagles after they had been reduced to just 24-4 against the Kent Spitfires.
The Dutch batsman came to the crease with the Eagles in deep trouble but he produced a glorious innings smashing 9 fours and 7 sixes to help the home side reach 167-9.
ten Doeschate (98) targeted Sri Lankan Malinga Bandara who conceded 39 runs from just 3 overs as the Eagles fought their way back into the game after the Spitfires had tore through the home sides top order with Stevens and Cook each taking two wickets to leave the home side 24-4.
Having been put into bat by the Spitfires; the Eagles lost Mark Pettini (1) and Ravi Bopara (1) in the first over which was bowled by medium pacer Stevens who surprisingly opened the innings.
The Eagles; who have only lost 6 Twenty20 games at Chelmsford were doubt a further blow when Cook struck twice in the 4th over to remove Grant Flower (7) and Graham Naiper (12).
ten Doeschate’s glorious contribution papered over the cracks in the Eagles innings which saw only Matt Walker (21) offer any sort of the support.