GiveMeSport at the St Lawrence Ground, Canterbury
Darren Stevens’ unbeaten half-century against Glamorgan eased Kent to a six-wicket victory that sent them to the top of Group B of the Royal London One-Day Cup.
The all-rounder – who earlier took 2-36 – made 62 not out to help the Spitfires successfully complete their run chase with 6.2 overs still to spare.
Earlier in the day, Doug Bollinger claimed figures of 5-35 in a man-of-the-match performance that limited Glamorgan to 209 all out at Canterbury.
Playing just a day after a tense tie against Surrey, Kent made two changes – with Alex Blake and Ben Harmison replacing Adam Riley and Brendan Nash – but it was the visitors
who won the toss and opted to bat first.
Jacques Rudolph (5) was the first man to go as Glamorgan made a sluggish start to their innings. The South African couldn’t get his bat down fast enough as he attempted a quick
single, and he was consequently run out by Calum Haggett.
David Lloyd (7), James Allenby (17) and William Bragg (30) were not far behind on their respective retreats to the pavilion, with the latter undone by a brilliant Stevens caught and bowled effort.
The demise of that trio left the Welsh county reeling at 69-4, before Murray Goodwin (40) and Chris Cooke (73) restored some order and got their side back on track.
A 77-run partnership helped matters before Goodwin became Doug Bollinger’s first victim of the day. He was the first of four batsmen to be clean bowled by the Australian left-arm
Glamorgan captain Mark Wallace (4) didn’t put up much resistance but Graham Wagg (17) did. He played his part in a 47-run stand with Cooke, before Bollinger removed the side’s
The fall of Cooke represented the last threat for Glamorgan, as Bollinger accounted for Wagg and Cosker (0) after Stevens had Andrew Salter trapped lbw for 4.
Lack of spark
Glamorgan only set their opponents a target requiring just over four runs an over, but Kent’s reply under the lights still took an age to spark into life.
Stand-in skipper Sam Northeast (33) took his time to get going at the top of the order, and the hosts only added 15 to the scoreboard in the first nine overs.
Daniel Bell-Drummond perished for 5 in that time – caught by Allenby off the bowling of Michael Hogan – before Ben Harmison started meeting the ball with the middle of his bat. A few boundaries soon had the home side back on track.
Harmison’s eventual 43 came in 50 balls and he shared a stand of 65 with his captain.
When Northeast went – becoming Dean Cosker’s second victim of the evening – Kent were comfortably set at 107-3, requiring just over 100 runs from the second half of their allotted overs.
The arrival of Stevens coincided with the ignition of batting fireworks. Three sixes in his unbeaten 62 illuminated the darkening skies as Kent won at a canter.
Cosker ended as Glamorgan’s best bowler with figures of 3-56 – his third dismissal came when Fabian Cowdrey holed out to Hogan for 42.
The Kent youngster batted well, also hitting a six in his 66-ball stay at the crease. Alex Blake then scored 12 not out to support Stevens across the line.
The Spitfires now go top, having won three and tied one of their opening four 50-over contests.
Glamorgan are fourth in Group B, with two wins and two draws.