Twenty20 at Beckenham

Kent vs Essex After making the last minute decision not to brave the weather on Friday evening I’m glad that I got down to Beckenham today to see Kent take Essex to the cleaners.

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.

About Andrew Brown

I live in Lewisham, South East London, and spent 9 years as a Labour councillor in the borough between 1997 and 2006.
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4 Responses to Twenty20 at Beckenham

  1. Ottayan says:

    A fair bit of Pakistani cricketers seem to play in the County.

  2. Andrew Brown says:

    From memory last year they had a few South Africans (although with Kolpak players so must lots of counties), so I think these things go in peaks and troughs.

  3. I went too – it’s great fun down there, isn’t it? It was definitely more fun than my trip to Surrey v Kent at the Oval the other week, where the beer boys seemed to determined to turn it into a pale imitation of the football.

  4. Andrew Brown says:

    Yes, it’s great and as you say relatively sensible drinking, or so it seemed to me.

    I had a report from someone who went to the Oval which emphasised the beer over the cricket, which is pretty disappointing.

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