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Recent Match Report – Kent vs Glamorgan Group 3 2021

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Timm van der Gugten claims 2 for 0 as Glamorgan make early inroads

Kent 70 for 2 (Robinson 43, van der Gugten 2-0) vs Glamorgan

Sam Billings always seems such an upstanding, action-man type of chap that when it was announced he had got out of India ahead of most of the rest of England’s IPL contingent the thought occurred that his escape route from Delhi probably involved back-packing through Uzbekistan under cover of darkness, trekking WNW once north of the Caspian Sea and concluding the traversing of Europe with a cross-channel swim from Calais to Dover. More prosaically, he just got himself on a flight and no doubt had to suffer the petri-dish of Heathrow Arrivals like everybody else.

Whatever, now he is back. And what’s more, he is the first IPL returnee to leap the greatest hurdle of all – playing in the County Championship, a hurdle that for some (no names mentioned) appears to be more mental than physical. But Billings is captain of Kent, Kent are bottom of the table, and there is a rescue act to attend to.

Billings has had the sort of frustrating winter that these days is the lot of the elite-athlete, highly-regarded-and-rightly-so nearly man. He was picked in the last round of bidding by Delhi Capitals, but failed to start a game. He had an active time in the Big Bash with Sydney Thunder and a solitary England ODI appearance against India in Pune.

But at Kent, he is indispensable. He rejoins a county that finds itself 15 points adrift at the bottom of Group 3, the sense of a new beginning that surrounded their pre-Covid promotion to Division One under threat. His energetic presence is clearly needed and with a limited number of supporters back in the ground for the first time since Covid struck there was even a sense of celebration.

Well, actually there wasn’t a celebration really. The Championship season continues to be ravaged by appalling weather and play was delayed for five-and-a-half hours. A temporary capacity of 950 spectators who won tickets in the ballot was never challenged, and fell during the day to virtually nothing by the time the umpires surrendered to the rain that had been sweeping much of the country around 6pm.

If this weather keeps up much longer, hand sanitiser could be 2 for 1 in the club shop by September and spiders will have taken over the temporary bar marquees. It was a day to observe via the Live Stream. But worry not, High pressure is allegedly on its way.



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The Hundred – Sandeep Lamichhane asks ECB for ‘clear answer’ after visa issues rule him out

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Tabraiz Shamsi replaces the Nepal legspinner in the Oval Invincibles squad

Sandeep Lamichhane has urged the ECB to give him “a clear answer” after visa issues ruled him out of the Oval Incincibles’ side for the inaugural season of the Hundred.
In a statement posted on his Facebook page, Lamichhane said he was “extremely gutted” to miss the tournament – having previously been ruled out of the Vitality Blast at short notice because of similar reasons – and said that he had “followed all the instructions given to me by ECB officials”.
ESPNcricinfo revealed on Monday that Lamichhane had been told that his £60,000 contract with Invincibles was in doubt despite the fact that he was close to completing his mandatory ten-day quarantine in London following his arrival from Nepal, and the ECB confirmed on Wednesday that he had been replaced in the squad by Tabraiz Shamsi.



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Eng vs Pak 3rd T20I – Eoin Morgan

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Spin might not play as a big a role in the UAE in October-November as anticipated, says England captain

Eoin Morgan does not expect pitches to be conducive to spin in the T20 World Cup in October-November, and feels there are still spots up for grabs in the England set-up despite the fact that they will not play another T20I before naming a provisional squad for the tournament in mid-September.
England have never bowled as many overs of spin in a T20I series outside of an ICC event as they did against Pakistan (28 in three games), and with the World Cup scheduled to be played in the UAE (some first-round matches will be hosted in Oman) immediately after the rescheduled IPL, there had been suggestions that playing on slow, spin-friendly pitches would serve them well for the tournament.



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Rizwan climbs to career-best seventh on T20I rankings after bumper series against England

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Shakib Al Hasan’s five-for against Zimbabwe, meanwhile, moved him to eighth in the ODI bowling rankings



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