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Thursday, September 18, 2008 - page 54
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Sheppey ’too soft’
Kent fail again
KENT captain Rob Key cut a despondent
figure at Canterbury on Saturday after
seeing his side blow their chances of
NatWest Pro40 League glory.
The equation was simple – victory
against Essex would have given Kent
automatic promotion from Division 2,
SHEPPEY head coach Frank By Luke Cawdell defeat would put Spitfires outside the
Davis slammed his players promotion frame.
after their opening day defeat “It’s a bit of a blow and we’re just Key had scored a magnificent unbeaten
to Ashford and is demanding waiting on a scan,” said Davis. 120 in Kent’s testing total of 246-5, but his
an immediate response. “This year we’ve got a highly bowlers were found wanting in the late
Davis accused his players of qualified physio and he’s telling a run chase, allowing Essex to romp home
lacking passion and being too soft in lot of the boys what they don’t want with an over to spare to claim the title.
their Kent 1 game against Ashford to hear!” Defeat condemned Kent to fourth spot.
which ended in a 39-16 defeat. As well as enforced changes, Davis Key said: “It’s a shame because I felt
“We were soft and there was no insists others will be dropped on the that was a decent score, but we probably
fight at all,” said Davis. back of Saturday’s performance. weren’t at our best. We were almost on
“We lacked passion and desire. “Personnel will change,” he said. top of the game until Grant Flower came
We prepared and trained well and “There’s plenty of work to do in out to bat, but his was a serious knock
discussed everything but then froze training and there will be fisticuffs. because it wasn’t easy batting out there
on the day. I’ve told them what I thought on and he scored quicker than anyone.
“It’s not as if they were playing Saturday and I’ll be showing them Without that, the game would have been
better rugby, it’s the fact that we in training. The gloves are coming ours.”
kicked away possession when we off. Flower scored 68 from just 42 balls to
didn’t need to and gave it to their “They were too honest for their swing the game Essex’s way.
fast backs. We gifted them as many own good on Saturday and they Key added: “It has been the bridesmaid
points as they took.” need to be more aggressive; we need season for us, but I don’t think we should
Two penalties from Bradley Box more passion.” accept that.
were all Sheppey could produce in This Saturday Sheppey host “We’ve effectively been in three finals,
the first half on Saturday as they Cranbrook. albeit this was in the second division,
trailed 20-6 at the break. “It’s always an interesting game but this was a shame. Things like this we
Tries in the second half from John against Cranbrook,” said Davis. need to get off our backs, we need to start
Kelly and Luke Barker put more “One week they can be world winning stuff so that next time we come
points on the board but Ashford beaters and the next week they around to it we’re not thinking about it
helped themselves to more too. couldn’t fight their way out of a too hard.”
The defeat was made all the worse paper bag. Kent returned to action at Liverpool
with captain Nathan Faulkner “They have a lot of imports and a on Wednesday in their penultimate
suffering a cartilage injury which few from Samoa but I’m not sure if LV Championship match, against
will rule him out for several weeks. they’ll still have them on Saturday.” � Sheppey try to stop Ashford in their tracks Picture: Martin Apps pd1481087 Lancashire.
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