Cricket: Gravesend bring Cowdrey back down to earth

AFTER an excellent victory over league leaders Harvel, Cowdrey were looking to build momentum but suffered a poor defeat at Gravesend.

After heavy overnight rain the match was reduced to 30 overs a side, and when Ryan Addison won the toss he inserted the home side.

Opening bowler Thom Brown was the pick of the attack and at the halfway point Gravesend had been restricted to 65 for 2.

Then Daoud Khalid (43) and Arun Rana (38) starting attacking and it was up to Cowdrey’s new boy Khan Maroofkhail to put the brakes on, picking up 3 for 45.

With a late cameo from Adnan Pervaiz Gravesend reached 167 for 7 off their 30 overs, a tough but gettable target on a good deck.

Cowdrey’s chase proved to be a major disappointment and only the opener Jason Carver, with 45 off 73 balls, put up any resistance until he was run out.

The Gravesend attack impressed, with Kieran Wells (2 for 15) bowling with pace and overseas player Utkarsh Mahajan (3 for 19) ripping out of the middle order.

Cowdrey were dismissed for 98 with one ball remaining to lose by 69 runs, Arun Rana (3 for 11) cleaning up the tail.

A win is now imperative for the Tonbridge side against Bexleyheath at Swanmead on Saturday (July 27).


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