Captain Kent Keeps Park’s Momentum

A majestic maiden century from Chris Kent inspired Greenwood Park to a 156-run win over Ware.

The Skipper’s ton included 15 fours, with his timing through the offside exceptional throughout his entire innings.

Kent was part of three 70 plus partnerships as the batsman dominated the Ware attack.

There were strong contributions from Vishal Pujari (49), Numan Butt (38) and the returning Ankur Arora (40) as Park stormed to 234-4 in just 38 overs.

Greenwood looked to be on for a huge total but the visitors struck back, taking six wickets for only 48 runs, as Kent’s side were bowled out for 282 in 47.2 overs.

With the ball, opening bowlers Ajmal Hussain and Vinil Palai combined well, with the pressure the former created allowing Palai to take 2-31 from ten.

Hussain finished with figures of 10 overs, five maidens, 0-18 in a spell of bowling that deserved far more reward.

It was then over to Shafaat Hussain, Arslan Khan and Ryan Atkins to run through the Ware middle and late order.

Hussain and Khan offered almost zero run scoring opportunities to the opposition – the former leaked just 14 runs from nine overs with two wickets to his name – whilst Khan was even more miserly, ending with an astonishing 2-6 from nine, featuring seven maidens.

Atkins, making his long awaited return for Greenwood, was more expensive than his counterparts – conceding 34 from five – but impressively claimed three dismissals despite bowling for the first time in anger in over three years.

There was also a fine run-out by Butt as Park dominated third placed Ware, bowling them out for 126 inside 46 overs, in what could be a key result come the end of the season.

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