Some big hitting by the opening batsman, Joe Denly, who made 91 off 50 odd balls, and seemed to be trying to recreate one of Gary Sobers feats only to hole out on the 4th attempt. And then Azhar Mahmood cashing in during the final overs setting Essex 205 to win.
Early wickets did for Essex’s chances and they then seemed to loose wickets fairly regularly ending up all out for 123.
Beckenham’s a lovely ground to watch cricket at, much more intimate than the bigger grounds and the atmosphere at these twenty20 games is always good.
As you can see from the photo (Yasir Arafat bowling) we got a pretty good spot for watching – the family enclosure so no beer – and with the ball hitting the boundary ropes regularly (at least during the Kent innings) my 4 year old got a chance to do his Princess Leia dance a fair bit, which kept him and a number of people around us entertained.