Published: 13:05, 06 August 2014
Young Kent all-rounder Fabian Cowdrey described the Royal London One-Day Cup clash with Surrey at the Kia Oval on Tuesday night as like being on a roller coaster.
And the Group B match certainly had plenty of thrills before it ended in a dramatic tie.
Surrey, chasing Kent’s 314-8, needed 16 off the final over bowled by Aussie paceman Mitch Claydon.
Zafar Ansari (27 not out) hammered Claydon for six off the first ball, scored two off the next before hitting another maximum off the third.
He then took a single off the next ball leaving former England spinner Gareth Batty with the task of scoring the winning run off the final two balls. Batty wasn’t up to it.
He swung and missed at the penultimate ball before England one-day spinner James Tredwell ran him out to secure his side a point and keep the Spitfires unbeaten before last night’s (Wednesday) clash with Glamorgan at Canterbury.
Cowdrey, who scored a career-best 75 off 87 balls, said it had been an unbelievable game to play in.
He said: “It was incredible. The game swung both ways throughout the night.
“We were in the box seat one minute and then they were. I don’t think anyone would say there wasn’t a lack of drama.”
Earlier, Kent wicketkeeper Sam Billings’ form with the bat continued in spectacular fashion. He smashed six sixes and six fours in his 87 off just 42 balls.
Captain Sam Northeast had earlier scored 63 off 87 and together with Cowdrey, helped Kent make 314 after winning the toss and batting.
England paceman Chris Tremlett was the pick of the bowlers for the home side with 4-38 from his 10