We arrived at a rather damp Beckenham CC on the Sunday, covers still on and the outfield wet, with drizzle falling. We had been told to expect a late start and so headed for the new indoor facility, to warm up and have a few throw downs. This didn’t last too long as the umpires decided that it was after all fit enough for a slightly later start and we would play 44 overs, soon changed to 46 and a shortened lunch break.
Charlotte Edwards, Kent and England Captain, won an important toss, and chose to put Yorkshire in on a slightly damp and green tinged wicket. We would have done the same if we had won the toss, the only down side was the damp outfield which would slow run-rate down and wet the ball.
Our opening partnership was soon separated when Elise Good chased a wide delivery and was easily caught at gully. This brought Australian international to the crease, Beth Mooney, who had scored well on a representative game on Friday but this was different again, very slow. We pieced together a small stand with Jess Watson (who played with great control and calming authority) before she was deemed LBW, when a run to the score board would have made more sense.
Wickets fell at regular intervals, Mooney was followed by Maddie Walsh (21), who on debut really showed some of her promise and she put together a useful stand with Cecilia Allen (31), playing shots with someone who looked at home, no sign of nerves. Kennedy Nuttall (4) went quickly, followed by Hannah Buck (0), Laura Spragg (41no) produced a fine captain’s innings, which helped take the score to a respectable 157 for 9.
Cecilia Allen (left) and Laura Spragg
There was no stand out bowler in the Kent side, we gave wickets away with our shot selection or running calls.
The Kent attack looked a bowler short with Charlotte Edwards also turning her arm over.
The Kent reply was started on time and despite a poor first over from Buck, she rallied as her bowling improved finishing her spell of six overs no wickets for 32 runs with two dropped catches not doing her justice.
The bowling was changed to try and break the partnership between Edwards and Tammy Beaumont, who was looking better and better at the crease. The weather changed and the ground dried very fast, even the 80 yard plus boundaries flowed (well sometime) and their shots received full value. The partnership of 118 was broken with Katie Levick (1/47) having Beaumont caught for 46. The game was won inside 36 overs and Edwards finished on 87 not out.