Search

Cricket: Kent face Warwickshire in title showdown

PUBLISHED: 08:00 23 September 2018

Kent's Darren Stevens (left) coach Matt Walker, vice Captain Joe Denly, coach Allan Donald and Will Gidman (right) prepare for a team picture during the media day at the Spitfire Ground, Canterbury (pic Gareth Fuller/PA)

Kent's Darren Stevens (left) coach Matt Walker, vice Captain Joe Denly, coach Allan Donald and Will Gidman (right) prepare for a team picture during the media day at the Spitfire Ground, Canterbury (pic Gareth Fuller/PA)

PA Wire/PA Images

Kent travel to Birmingham for their Specsavers County Championship Division Two title showdown with Warwickshire starting on Monday.

Both sides have already clinched promotion, but the prestige of finishing top of the table will be up for grabs over four days in the second city and it couldn’t be tighter with Kent, ahead of Warwickshire on their number of wins, and both teams level with 219 points.

Sam Billings’ side will be aiming for an 11th Championship victory – their sixth in succession in red-ball cricket – if they are to pip the Bears for the title and Matt Walker, the head coach, believes his side have all to play for.

He said: “Winning the second division is now our goal, we celebrated promotion quietly, knowing that we had a one-off game to come with a trophy up for grabs at the end of it and that’s our driving forces going to Edgbaston.

“We’ve had two other chances to win silverware this season and missed out, we now have a third opportunity which is a very nice situation to be in. We go to Birmingham knowing that whoever wins takes the spoils, which is exciting.

“In some ways the pressure if off us now, so I just want the guys to go there, express themselves and do themselves justice. After that, it’s may the best team win.”

Looking back on Kent’s Championship campaign over the first 13 games, Walker added: “It was my message to the group after out T20 quarter final disappointment, I told them ‘let’s make sure we have something to show for all our good cricket so far’, and I’m delighted we’ve done that in a tough division.

“I’m very proud, it’s an overwhelming feeling and will take a little time to sink in. It’s one of those situations when you’ve worked so hard over six or seven months of the summer that, when you finally get your reward, it feels a little surreal.

“I’m proud of the boys, have been all summer because we’ve competed well in all formats and have played some brilliant cricket, so, to finally achieve something this year is very well deserved.

“It’s been a privilege to see the development of our young players and watch the team evolve, both culturally and as a cricket team. It’s been fascinating to witness.

“My biggest goal at the start of the year was to get the culture of the dressing room right and to start building the right environment that enabled people to breath, grow and move forward together as part of something special.

“Did I think it could happen this quickly? I’d have to admit it would be no, I felt this would be a ‘stepping-stone season’ but as it’s turned out, we’ve leapt about three stepping stones.”

Billings is likely to name an unchanged squad and will be without pace bowler Ivan Thomas who, after injuring his knee during net practice last week, has undergone surgery to rectify an anterior cruciate ligament tear.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Bromley Times visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Bromley Times staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Bromley Times account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest news

Now back from recording the second series of All Together Now, Brit School teacher and Bromley local Georg Tormann is now warming up for Christmas with his Beckenham-based choir.

08:15

Ravens beaten by Peterborough United in FA Cup last weekend despite brave effort

Parents sporting ‘Say Yes To Bullers’ T-shirts packed into Bromley Civic Centre for the closing of a planning inquiry into a proposed school.

Wed, 07:00

There are three weeks left to donate to this year’s Christmas Charity Appeal and help to give families in need some happy memories around the festive period.

Tue, 08:54

Detectives investigating the fatal stabbing of 22-year-old Ayodeji Habeeb Azeez in Anerley have charged a 23-year-old man with murder.

Tue, 07:00

Staff, pupils and parents from Bickley Park School are celebrating after winning an award for introducing a community initiative to help elderly residents.

Most read

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Bromley Times e-edition today
E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Bromley Times twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Show Job Lists

Family Notices 24