Kent v New Zealand A, Tour match, Canterbury August 27, 2014

Kent blown away after Brownlie ton

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New Zealand A 239 (Brownlie 112, Rutherford 56, Griffiths 3-49) beat Kent 67 (Craig 3-6) by 172 runs

Kent were bowled out for 67, their second-lowest score in List A cricket, as they lost to New Zealand A by 172 runs. The innings lasted for less than half the allotted overs and only two players, openers Daniel Bell-Drummond and Rob Key, made double-figures.

The 50-over match had replaced the scheduled three-day fixture, after the first two days were washed out. Kent chose to deploy something approaching a full-strength side, in preparation for their Royal London Cup quarter-final on Friday, but Brendan Nash was unable to bat due to injury and the ten other batsmen failed to make much more of an impact on the scorecard.

New Zealand offspinner Mark Craig picked up three wickets in his three overs to finish the innings, after the pace trio of Hamish Bennett, Doug Bracewell and Matt Henry and shared the first six. At 56 for 7, Kent were in danger of being dismissed for less than the 60 they made against Somerset at Taunton in 1979.

After being asked to bat, the New Zealand A effort was founded on a stand of 124 in 20 overs for the second wicket between Hamish Rutherford and Dean Brownlie. Three wickets then fell for seven runs, during a typically miserly spell from Darren Stevens, but Brownlie went on to reach his second century of the tour before becoming a third victim for David Griffiths.

New Zealand A were dismissed with ten balls unbowled but their score of 239 was to prove more than enough. Kent will hope for a better performance when they take on Gloucestershire at home on Friday.

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  • jared on August 29, 2014, 6:43 GMT

    @ jordanious77 thats a big call to claim we have more depth than those countries, i know of a coupke of first class cricketers that went to aussie and could bearly make there clubs B team such was the depth of talent over there but you are right we have never had so much depth, we probably have the third best bowling attack in the world and we are heading even higher, when you consider, henry, bennett, bracewell, milne would of all walked into the black caps in the past are having to wait for an injury its so good, spin is still an issue but i have high hopes for sohdi

  • Ed on August 29, 2014, 5:37 GMT

    As an NZ fan, it's so exciting to see the squad that is developing here. For the first time in many many years, we have class bowlers and class batsmen. In the past we've had one or the other, now we have both, and a great aggressive captain. Exciting times indeed.

  • Dummy4 on August 29, 2014, 4:10 GMT

    Congrat NZ A. But, Indian A team as well completed an easy tournament victory against highly ranked Aus A and SA A. So no point of talking high on this victory against a weak county side. Our A team will tear apart this NZ A team very easily.

  • Monoz on August 29, 2014, 4:03 GMT

    County cricket is very poor these days. I remember when we toured in Eng some years back, beating county teams was a big challenge. Nowadays, SL A team also easily beats these county teams let alone national team.

  • Jordan on August 29, 2014, 2:37 GMT

    100% agree with you kiwicricketnut.

    Also have to consider.. How many international teams have enough international quality bowlers for 2 or even 3 teams? Not many. Even South Africa, Australia and England.. I take one look at their A teams and kind of cringe at the lack of depth.

    For us to even have close to the amount of depth england, aus or SA have would be amazing, but to have even more? mindblowing.

    I know our spinning dep isn't "amazing" but to have Todd Astle, Sodhi, Craig, Martin, (and kind of vettori) Is an embarrasment of riches im sure most countries would happily accept.

  • Anver on August 28, 2014, 7:46 GMT

    Brownlie's knock is a good reminder for NZ selectors !!!

  • jared on August 28, 2014, 7:32 GMT

    nz cricket has come a long way in a short space of time, it wasn't that long ago a county team would be more than a match for the black caps, now our A team is destroying everyone, mind you thats a international class bowling attack, great signs for the future

  • Garry on August 28, 2014, 6:23 GMT

    Shame this team couldn't play a tri series vs England and India, I think there would be a few upsets.

  • Michael on August 28, 2014, 5:45 GMT

    How did Nash get injured? Was it while fielding?

  • Jordan on August 27, 2014, 23:11 GMT

    This not only shows how good NZ depth is (just carved up England and SL A as well) but how average English County cricket actually is

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