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Bhuyian is one for the future
Bhuyian is one for the future

Arafat Bhuiyan demonstrated the talent that is available to tap into in the Kent Cricket League in his first class debut for Kent.

His forty-three league wickets last season in the Premier Division for Blackheath at just 14.37 caught the eye and he played three games for Kent Second Eleven in September.

He continued to bowl well this season to earn a place in the County Championship team at the Oval.

Day two will be a day that the twenty-six year old will look back on for many years to come. It did not take him too long to claim his maiden first class wicket, and not a bad one at that, as England Vice Captain Ollie Pope clipped him straight to Grant Stewart at mid-wicket.

Jamie Smith came in and pulled Bhuiyan away for six, however he was not deterred, and he induced an edge that was well taken by Jack Leaning at second slip.

After lunch, he returned for a second spell and claimed another international scalp when deposed England wicket-keeper Ben Foakes edged into the safe hands of Leaning.

His fourth wicket came when Will Jacks mistimed a pull shot and Michael Hogan took the catch at mid-on.

Captain Sam Billings was impressed sufficiently to throw him the second new ball with a chance to complete a five-for, but he was probably a little too excited and strayed a little too much down the leg side.

He still finished with excellent figures of 4 for 65 off twenty overs that included six maidens.

He is in his second spell at Blackheath. Having played for their second eleven in 2016 and 2017, he had a season at Southend on Sea & EMT, and another with Bickley Park before returning to the Heath.

The result at The Oval may not have gone Kent’s way, but for Bhuiyan, he did as much as anyone to keep them in the match.