Joy for Spitfires at last with victory over holders
Spitfires skipper James Tredwell hailed a “fantastic effort” from his side after they registered their first Friends Life t20 win of the summer at the sixth time of asking with a surprise eight-run victory at defending champions Hampshire on Sunday.
The Spitfires handed first competition starts to Daniel Bell-Drummond and Fabian Cowdrey, who put on 55 for the opening wicket at Southampton in six and a half overs.
Cowdrey went first, bowled by Danny Briggs for 21, while Bell-Drummond was caught off Briggs (3-19) in the next over for 27.
Briggs also accounted for Darren Stevens (14), while Alex Blake (9) and Geraint Jones (1) following soon after as the visitors fell to 94-5 in the 14th over.
Sam Billings (26) steadied the innings, putting on 24 with Vernon Philander before departing with 17 balls left.
Matt Coles was caught by Michael Carberry off Sohail Tanvir (3-29) for one, while Philander was caught behind
‘It was a fantastic effort
to defend that total against a side like that’
HARD YARDS: Kent paceman Charlie Shreck fires in a delivery with the new ball against Hampshire HOTTING UP: Former Kent player Michael Carberry in full flow at the crease for Hampshire on the first day of the championship game. Below, players take on fluids at The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence. Left, Spitfires captain James Tredwell