Home   Canterbury   Sport   Article

Heino Kuhn could not watch after getting out in final over of Worcester win

By Josh Fordham

Tearful Heino Kuhn did not watch Kent cross the finishing line on Sunday – after getting out with four runs still needed for victory

Kuhn’s magnificently 127 guided the Spitfires to a match-winning position in their semi-final against Worcestershire in the Royal London One-Day Cup.

But Kent’s victory bid was left in the balance when he got out in the final over.

It was left to Harry Podmore to hit the winning boundary and Kuhn only realised Kent had reached Lord’s thanks to the reaction of his team mates.

Kent's Heino Kuhn just fails to carry his bat and see Kent to the final falling with just four runs required during their Royal London Cup semi-final at New Road, Worcester. Picture: Ady Kerry.
Kent's Heino Kuhn just fails to carry his bat and see Kent to the final falling with just four runs required during their Royal London Cup semi-final at New Road, Worcester. Picture: Ady Kerry.

Kuhn said: “I was heartbroken when I got out. It was my job to take us through and to get out at that stage I was in tears.

“Luckily they pulled it through so I’m very happy. I wasn’t watching at the end. I had my head in my hands but when he hit it I looked up at the screen and the guys were jumping up I thought someone was going to fall off the balcony."

Kuhn’s fourth century in five matches in the One-Day Cup is a feat never achieved before in the history of English List A cricket.

His is the leading run scorer in the competition with 664 at an average of 94.85.

“I’m very happy to have contributed to the team to get us to the semi-final and now to Lord’s.

“I said when I came here I wanted to win trophies and everyone in that changing room’s aim is exactly the same.

“They play like they want to win trophies and this is one step closer. Come Lord’s we will be up for it.”

Kent's Calum Haggett and Harry Podmore celebrate seeing them over the line. Picture: Ady Kerry.
Kent's Calum Haggett and Harry Podmore celebrate seeing them over the line. Picture: Ady Kerry.

The 34-year-old shared century partnerships with both Adam Rouse and Alex Blake to help see Kent to victory chasing down a target of 307.

He said: “We lost a couple of early wickets but Rousey came in, his wasn’t even supposed to play and came in for Sam Billings, and played a great knock under pressure. A lot of credit must go to him and the Blakey came in and played a phenomenal innings.

Even though Kuhn was left distraught by his late dismissal, Spitfires got over the line thanks to Podmore.

“Harry is a special creature. I don’t think he feels pressure and he came in and delivered.

“It’s 100% belief. We play until the last ball is bowled and never give up. There’s a lot of belief in our team.

“I’m just happy the team got through to the win. If I score zero or 99 or 100 and the team wins I will be happy.”

Join the debate...
Comments |

Don't have an account? Please Register first!

The KM Group does not moderate comments. Please click here for our house rules.

People who post abusive comments about other users or those featured in articles will be banned.

Thank you. Your comment has been received and will appear on the site shortly.

 

Terms of Comments
We do not actively moderate, monitor or edit contributions to the reader comments but we may intervene and take such action as we think necessary, please click here for our house rules. If you have any concerns over the contents on our site, please either register those concerns using the report abuse button, contact us here, email multimediadesk@thekmgroup.co.uk or call 01634 227989.

Follow us

Like Us on Facebook

Most popular

Kent Travel News

Close This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.Learn More