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Lancashire shoot down the Spitfires!

In what turned out to be a rather one-sided contest at Stanley Park

on Wednesday, Lancashire’s big guns shot down the Spitfires from

Kent comfortably, winning the game by 125 runs, the margin being

lessened by a brave last-wicket partnership of 37 by Matt Quinn and

Jaskaran Singh, the latter on his List A debut.

Jack Leaning won the toss and decided to field and when he

caught Keaton Jennings at second slip for one with the total on 15

the decision, at that point, seemed as though it might be a good one.

However, that was the highlight of the Kent bowling performance as

from then on all the bowlers were put to the sword.

George Bell, 71 from 97 balls with seven fours, and Josh

Bohannon, a faultless 105 from 117 balls with four fours and four

sixes, added 112 for the second wicket before Dane Vilas, a quick-

fire 51 from 37 balls with five fours and two sixes, and George

Balderston, an even quicker 57 from 28 balls with five fours and four

sixes, helped to take Lancashire to an impressive 328-5. Singh was

the most successful Kent bowler with 3-74.

From Kent’s recent batting performances this looked likely to

be a total beyond their reach … and so it proved. They lost Ben

Compton early for four, and although Daniel Bell-Drummond battled

hard for 80 minutes in making a top score of 38 with five fours, no

other batsman survived anywhere near as long with Harry Finch’s 31

being the closest to his score.

Led by George Balderston, 4-52, his figures only ruined by

some big hitting by the last-wicket pair, Singh 19 not out with two

fours and one six, and Quinn 15 with a four and a six, the Lancashire

bowlers whittled their way through the Kent batting. Indeed 148-4

became 166-9 in the space of 18 balls before Tom Aspinwall took his

first List A wicket when he had Quinn caught by Blatherwick and

Kent were all out for 203 in 39.4 overs.

On a sun-kissed day and watched by a very healthy crowd,

Lancashire’s victory took them to second place in the table on net

run rate behind Nottinghamshire who lead Group A by one point.

Gerry Wolstenholme

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