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Kent head coach Matt Walker says chasing down 250 would have been a challenge

Matt Walker says the point they received after Friday’s match with Surrey was abandoned at The Spitfire Ground could prove to be vital.

Surrey had amassed 250 in their Vitality Blast in Canterbury meaning Kent would have needed to post their record T20 score to win the match.

However, a persistent downpour during the evening saw the match abandoned with the Spitfires’ innings never starting.

Surrey's Adam Finch is dismissed by Imran Qayyum. Picture: Chris Davey
Surrey's Adam Finch is dismissed by Imran Qayyum. Picture: Chris Davey

Walker said: “The way we’ve played this year you have to believe. It would have been some effort to chase down 250 but it was a hell of a wicket, short boundaries and a quick outfield.

“We found it challenging and the bowler’s feedback from that was it was a very good wicket with a small margin for error.

“It’s the first time for quite some time we’ve been on the receiving end of something like that. To try and attack 250 with the bat would have been challenging but that’s T20.

“That might be a crucial point come the end of this campaign.”

Carlos Brathwaite. Picture: Chris Davey
Carlos Brathwaite. Picture: Chris Davey

Aaron Finch struck 83 from 38 balls as Surrey posted their highest ever T20 score.

There was also a half-century for Rory Burns and Ollie Pope came in at the end of the innings to smash 34 from 13 balls.

The bowling figures did not make pretty reading for Kent with Imran Qayyum the best taking 3-40 from three overs.

Walker said: “Sometimes when you are just off it, which we were today with the ball and didn’t come up with enough plans to combat what they were doing to us, that can happen.

“Around 200 would have been par on that wicket and that outfield. We weren’t at our best and we got punished for it. That can happen when you are bowling at the likes of Finch, Maddinson and Pope.

“It’s our first experience of that and as long as we learn from it then that’s fine. We’ve been good in this competition so far and today we were not and got punished.”

The covers come on ending Kent's T20 match with Surrey. Picture: Chris Davey
The covers come on ending Kent's T20 match with Surrey. Picture: Chris Davey

Kent remain top of the south group with seven points from their opening five games. Their next T20 match is on Friday against Sussex at The Spitfire Ground.

Before then they face a Specsavers County Championship match with Leicestershire as part of Canterbury Cricket Week.

Walker added: “It’s a bit of a break until the next one, which is always tricky.

“A championship now comes at not a great time for anybody. We have to deal with that and focus our minds.

“It’s quite a big game against Leicestershire. We are in a good position sitting in second and have won a lot of games.

“The most challenging thing with these games is getting the attitude right and switching back from the fast hectic style of T20 cricket to four days of tough cricket.”

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