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Kent Spitfires upset reigning champions Red Force by five wickets

first_imgNORTH SOUND, Antigua, (CMC) – Reigning champions Trinidad and Tobago Red Force produced a limp performance as they slumped to a five-wicket defeat to Kent Spitfires in their second game of the Regional Super50 here yesterday.Sent in at the Vivian Richards Cricket Stadium, Red Force could only muster a 193 all out off 48.3 overs, with all-rounder Roshon Primus top-scoring with 60, opener Kyle Hope getting 43 and Nicholas Alexis, 28.Seamer Ivan Thomas was the best bowler with four for 51 while left-arm spinner Imran Qayyum (2-33) and veteran pacer Darren Stevens (2-39) supported with two wickets apiece.Kent were never threatened in reply as opener Sean Dickson struck a brisk 56 off 67 deliveries to inspire the English County side to victory in the 37th over.The right-hander struck seven fours and posted 85 for the first wicket with Daniel Bell-Drummond whose 35 came from 60 with four fours.Both openers fell within 19 runs of each other, the 23-year-old Bell-Drummond lbw to leg-spinner Imran Khan in the 19th over and Dickson caught at square leg by Lewis off Jason Mohammed.Stevens then blasted a quick-fire 43 off 36 balls with four fours and two sixes, putting on 67 for the third wicket with captain Sam Northeast who stroked a busy 31 from 40 balls.The partnership effectively condemned Red Force to defeat and even though Kent lost three quick wickets for seven runs as seamer Ravi Rampauls struck late, the damage was already done.Rampaul led Red Force with three for 46.Red Force had earlier struggled to find their footing, and were never comfortably placed at any stage during their innings.They were struggling at 43 for three after Evin Lewis (12), Kjorn Ottley (0) and Mohammed (0) perished cheaply, and it was left to the rookie Primus to rally the innings with his maiden half-century at this level.He punched eight fours in a 72-ball innings, adding 45 for the fourth wicket with Hope who counted five fours in an 83-ball knock, and a further 65 for the fifth wicket with Alexis.However, the late order acceleration never came as Red Force lost their last six wickets for 40 runs.E Lewis c wkp Rouse b Thomas 12K Hope c Stevens b Haggett 43K Ottley c wkp Rouse b Stevens 0J Mohammed lbw b Stevens 0R Primus b Qayyum 60N Alexis b Thomas 28*+D Ramdin c Stevens b Thomas 0Imran Khan c Gidman b Thomas 16R Emrit lbw b Qayyum 1R Rampaul b Gidman 13S Gabriel not out 1Extras (lb4, nb1, w14) 19TOTAL (all out, 48.3 overs) 193Fall of wickets: 1-38, 2-43, 3-43, 4-88, 5-153, 6-156, 7-157, 8-158, 9-185, 10-193.Bowling: Haggett 9-0-26-1 Thomas 9.3-0-51-4, Gidman 10-1-40-1, Stevens 10-0-39-2, Qayyum 10-2-33-2.KENTD Bell-Drummond lbw b Imran Khan 35S Dickson c Lewis b Mohammed 56*S Northeast b Rampaul 31D Stevens c (sub) Pierre b Rampaul 43W Gidman c wkp Ramdin b Rampaul 0A Blake not out 22A Ball not out 0Extras (lb3, w3, nb1) 7TOTAL (5 wkts, 36.1 overs) 194Did not bat: +A Rouse, C Haggett, Imran Qayyum, I Thomas.Fall of wickets: 1-85, 2-104, 3-171, 4-171, 5-178.Bowling: Rampaul 8-0-46-3, Gabriel 5-1-15-0, Primus 3-0-24-0, Emrit 6-0-28-0, Imran Khan 9-0-51-1, Mohammed 5.1-0-27-1.last_img

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