Dale's last-over flurry ties up Kent

Glamorgan 155-7 Kent 155-9 Match tied

Colin Crompton
Sunday 09 June 2002 23:00

James Tredwell was run out from the last ball of the match as Glamorgan Dragons' Norwich Union League First Division encounter with Kent Spitfires ended in a tie.

Kent, who needed just six from the last over of the only match to survive the weather yesterday, looked all set to win the game before Adrian Dale conjured up two wickets in the space of three balls.

Needing two to win from the final ball, James Golding scrambled a single down to Robert Croft at long-off, but the England spinner made no mistake with his pick up and throw and Tredwell was never likely to get home for a dramatic win.

Kent finished on 155 for 9 in reply to Glamorgan's 155 for 7 in a game that was reduced to a 23-over contest by rain. David Hemp's rapid 39 formed the basis of Glamorgan's total, scored at the impressive rate of more than six-and-a-half runs an over.

Hemp and opening partner Croft had signalled their intent from the outset, clubbing 33 from the first three overs of the innings. When Croft was clean bowled by James Hewitt, Hemp continued to attack, hooking a Hewitt short ball over deep midwicket for a huge six. He was eventually the sixth batsmen out when he was caught by James Hockley at long-off, trying to slog Andrew Symonds over the top with six overs left.

Darren Thomas and Mark Wallace then put on 39 for the seventh wicket at more than a run a ball to ensure a healthy total for the home side.

Kent's reply started brightly, with their opening pair of Robert Key and Matthew Fleming choosing to work the ball for quick ones and twos rather than looking to take unnecessary risks. Once Fleming was caught and bowled by Andrew Davies, Symonds took charge and with Key put on a valuable 50 for the third wicket as the Spitfires upped their run rate to more than a run-a-ball.

The Australian all-rounder was removed by the pacy Thomas after hitting 32 runs from 21 balls and Kent's main chance of success looked to lie with Key. The 23-year-old brought up his half-century with a nudge through the off side but fell just three balls later, trapped leg before by Croft. Mark Ealham scrambled 24 off 25 balls, but he was unable to see his side to victory, holing out to Mike Kasprowicz with just two balls remaining.

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