A marathon day of 119 overs under a hot sun in Maidstone did Ireland ‘A’ few favours and Kent 2nd XI are now big favourites to complete victory today.
The Irish are 47 runs in front with just three second innings wickets standing with Stuart Thompson standing firm and only the tail for company.
It completed a good day for the Limavady all-rounder, who has been invited for a second trial with Somerset next month and he must have also impressed Kent in this match.
Yesterday, he took three wickets in four balls including the prize scalp of England Under-19 star Daniel Bell-Drummond for 147, but the Kent lower-order still hung around and added a vital 68 for the last three wickets to give them a first innings lead of 176.
When Ireland reached 175 for two, the game seemed set for a thrilling climax today, but Lee Nelson, after reaching 49, was trapped in front and before the deficit was cleared Andrew Poynter was also leg before for just one.
Captain James Shannon went the same way after getting to 41. However, the most frustrated of the lot was Tom Fisher; he was the one batsman to reach 50, but then straight away gave a gentle return catch to Fabian Cowdrey, grandson of the famous Colin.
Meanwhile, Andy Britton is in the squad for next week’s game against Gloucestershire II. A tweet doing the rounds yesterday has confirmed his inclusion.
Lagan Valley Steels Twenty20 Cup
At Stormont, Civil Service North 158-4 (N Jones 58, C Beverland 50) CIYMS 85 (19.1 overs, B Cooper 26; M Heaney 4-20, A Graham 3-8). CSN won by 73 runs.