Spit­fires race to first vic­tory as Jarre shines

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Family Announcements -

KENT achieved their first vic­tory of the sum­mer, eas­ing to a nine-wicket win over Scot­land in the Cly­des­dale Bank 40 in Ed­in­burgh on Satur­day.

Re­ply­ing to Scot­land’s 40-over to­tal of 180-6, Joe Denly’s was the only wicket to fall, as Kent raced to their tar­get with more than nine overs to spare.

It was Kent’s 11th at­tempt at vic­tory in any form of cricket and the county’s first win in five in the 40over for­mat.

Key and Denly put on 72 for the first wicket at nearly a run a ball be­fore Denly was bowled by Majid Haq for 38.

Kent cap­tain Key was joined by Martin van Jaarsveld and to­gether the pair added 111 to see Spit­fires home.

Key, in a rich vein of form af­ter his dou­ble hun­dred in the cham­pi­onship game against Durham last week, scored 67 from 75 balls, hit­ting seven fours.

He was outscored by van Jaarsveld who hit nine fours and a six in a 62-ball in­nings of 72.

Scot­land had won the toss and de­cided to bat first at the Citylets Grange ground.

First change bowler Simon Cook took three wick­ets as Scot­land were pegged back to 71-4.

The main­stay of the Scot­land in­nings was an 87-run fifth-wicket stand be­tween Richie Ber­ring­ton (68) and Neil McCal­lum (41).

Kent wel­comed back James Tred­well from Eng­land duty and Dar­ren Stevens, who missed the cham­pi­onship match with Durham.

All-rounder Stevens wasn’t called upon with ei­ther bat or ball but Tred­well, in his first game for the county since re­turn­ing from Twenty20 duty with Eng­land in the Caribbean, helped Kent keep Scot­land’s scor­ing in check with some typ­i­cally tidy bowl­ing.

Al­though he did not take a wicket, his spell of eight overs cost just 32 runs.

Martin van Jaarsveld

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