Mahmood slays Gladiators

June 16, 2011

Azhar Mahmood hit a match winning century that helped Kent defeat Gloucestershire by eight wickets last night.

The match took place at Beckenham which is Kent’s secondary ground to Canterbury. The visitors from the west of England batted

by Tim Rawle

first, and were all out for 166 which looked a respectable score. Hamish Marshall top scored for the Gladiators with 47 from 30 balls at the top of the innings.

However Gloucestershire would have found themselves in a much healthier position had Wahab Riaz not taken 5 late wickets in 7 balls including a hat-trick. Chris Taylor, Ed Young and Richard Coughtrie were the three to perish in the Riaz hat-trick.

Riaz’s spell looked to be the outstanding contribution in the game until Azhar Mahmood arrived at the crease with the score on 11-1 after the early dismissal of Kent’s captain Robert Key. Mahmood hit an unbeaten 106 off just 57 balls that included 13 fours and 3 maximums.

The Gloucestershire bowlers had no answers to the power and placement of Mahmood’s striking. The former Pakistani all-rounder was well supported by Joe Denly who scored 50 from 44 balls.

Kent went on to win the match by 8 wickets with 7 balls to spare.

Chris Murtagh 16/06/11

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