Zac Crawley: England and Kent batsman played at a strike rate of 105 to win an important match for his team against Hampshire.

During a South Group match for the ongoing Bob Willis Trophy between Kent and Hampshire in Canterbury, Kent batsman Zac Crawley registered his fifth first-class century to seal a 181-run chase.

Coming on the back of his maiden Test double century against Pakistan, Crawley gave impressions of carrying his confidence of playing at the highest level to play a game-changing innings in a low-scoring match.

Crawley, 22, came in to bat at No. 3 in the first over itself. With a rookie batsman in Marcus O’Riordan (52*) at the other end, Crawley played the role of a senior partner in a 157-run partnership for the second wicket.

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The right-hand batsman was often seen playing his archetype drives through the off-sides and straight back past the bowlers. An occasional aerial shot without losing his shape accounted for calculated risk on Crawley’s part.

Before getting out in the 36th over, Crawley scored 105 (100) with the help of 18 fours to ensure safety for Kent as far as completing the chase was concerned.

With Kent registering their third victory in the tournament, they have finished at the second spot on the points table. Hampshire, on the other hand, have finished at the fourth position on the back of winning and losing a couple of matches each. With the final round of the Bob Willis Trophy still in action, the top two teams are yet to be finalised.

Zac Crawley scores quickfire century to seal chase vs Hampshire

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